Agreement Reached With Indicted Steubenville Coach

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A resolution has been reached with an assistant wrestling coach in Steubenville who was indicted for failing to report child abuse or neglect.

It was in connection with a 2012 teen rape case.

Last 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.

Several people, including school officials, were indicted.

Seth Fluharty, 26, of Wintersville, was an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher at the time of the incident and was indicted on charges of failing to report child abuse or neglect.

According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, Fluharty agreed to the following, and in return, the misdemeanor charges against him will be dismissed:

  • Perform 20 community service hours at the A.L.I.V.E. shelter or other approved facility in the Steubenville area.
  • Attend a training session for Steubenville City Schools provided by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) to provide Steubenville school staff members with an overview of sexual assault and to teach them how to co-facilitate the “Stand Up!” program for Steubenville students.
  • Defendant will have co-facilitated the “Stand Up! Steubenville” programs conducted in Steubenville High School and middle schools on April 10th.

Fluharty’s case is the third case to be resolved among the six people indicted.

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