Steubenville Superintendent, Others Indicted in Rape Case

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday the superintendent of Steubenville City Schools and three others were indicted on charges related to a 2012 teen rape case.

Superintendent Michael McVey, 50 of Steubenville, faces felonies including a count of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice, plus misdemeanors of falsification and obstructing official business.

If convicted on all counts, McVey could serve up to five years and 270 days in prison.

Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, a former assistant high school football coach for Steubenville City Schools, was indicted on several counts including allowing underage drinking, obstructing of official business and falsification.

Belardine could serve up to one year and 265 days in jail if convicted on all counts.

Lynnette Gorman, 40, of Steubenville, the principal at West Elementary, was indicted for failure to report child abuse or neglect.

If convicted, Gorman could serve up to 30 days in jail.

Seth Fluharty, 26, of Wintersville, an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher for Steubenville City Schools, was also indicted for failure to report child abuse or neglect.

If convicted, Fluharty could serve up to 30 days in jail.

DeWine said we have a “societal problem,” and the Steubenville case represents blurred and stretched boundaries of right and wrong.

“We must remember that what happened here in Steubenville can and does, sadly, happen across this nation,” DeWine noted.

In March, two high school football players — who were 16 and 17 at the time — were convicted after a trial that divided the football-crazed Rust Belt town of Steubenville.

Lurid text messages, social media posts, as well as cell phone pictures and videos helped raise the national profile of the case, which revolved around Malik Richmond and Trenton Mays’ actions during a series of end-of-summer parties in August 2012.

It attracted the attention of bloggers, who questioned everything from the behavior of the football team to the integrity of the investigation.

At the heart of the case was the question of whether the victim, who testified she remembered little, was too drunk to understand what was happening to her and to consent.

Defense attorneys questioned the victim’s credibility, as well as whether media coverage of the case tainted testimony.

Two others were indicted in October.  Hannah Rhinaman, 20, was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft.  William Rhinaman, 53, was indicted on counts of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.  Both are from Mingo Junction.

“Barring the discovery of any new evidence, I believe that the Grand Jury’s work is done,” DeWine said.

McVey, Gorman, Fluharty and Belardine are expected in court on Dec. 6.  They were not arrested, only summoned, because they were not perceived to be a flight risk.

Read more on the Steubenville investigation by CLICKING HERE.

(CNN's Kisa Mlela Santiago and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.)

3 comments

  • JESSICA LEDESMA

    Our children are living ck america, they are stuck they dont have a chioce as to the matter that is at hand they have to go to school we are the parents of our future americans they are being physically & mentally violated & traumatized !! something needs to get done Now!! They are out there without thier parent !!

  • JESSICA LEDESMA

    sorry for type o i meant sick america we have corrupt officials teachers judges lawyers preachers n general society is corrupt every where our kids are not safe any where we are living in a sick sick world

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