EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSOhio Attorney General Says Four More Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case
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Reported: Nov. 25, 2013 9:59 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 26, 2013 10:13 AM EST
Steubenville , Ohio
A school superintendent and an elementary principal were among four more people indicted by a special
special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case, Ohio's attorney general said.
In a news release issued on Monday, Attorney General Mike DeWine said School Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, of Steubenville, has been indicted on five counts:
* One count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony
* Two counts of obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony
* One count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor
* One count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor
If convicted on all counts, McVey could serve up to five years and 270 days.
Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, has been indicted on four counts:
* Underage persons offenses concerning (beer or intoxicating liquor), a first-degree misdemeanor
* Obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor
* Falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor
* Contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, a first-degree misdemeanor
Belardine is a former assistant high school football coach for Steubenville City Schools. If convicted on all counts, Belardine could serve up to one year and 265 days in jail.
Seth Fluharty, 26, of Wintersville has been indicted on one count regarding reporting child abuse or neglect, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Fluharty is an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher for Steubenville City Schools. If convicted, Fluharty could serve up to 30 days in jail.
Lynnett Gorman, 40, of Steubenville, has been indicted on one count regarding reporting child abuse or neglect, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Gorman is the principal of West Elementary in Steubenville. If convicted, Gorman could serve up to 30 days in jail.
In October, the grand jury previously indicted William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, on four counts and Hannah Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, on three counts.
Ohio's attorney general plans to discuss new developments as a grand jury investigates whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.
Attorney General Mike DeWine plans a news conference Monday in Steubenville in eastern Ohio. The issues investigated by the grand jury there include whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.
A judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the girl in August 2012.
The grand jury previously charged the Steubenville schools' information technology director with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.
The panel also indicted that man's daughter on theft and receiving stolen property charges unrelated to the rape case.
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