Volunteer Football Coach Gets 10 Days in Steubenville Rape Case
(CNN) — A former volunteer assistant football coach at Ohio’s Steubenville High School was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days in jail after being found guilty of two misdemeanor counts connected to a rape case that captured national attention in 2012, the state attorney general’s office said.
Matthew Belardine’s sentencing came shortly after he pleaded no contest in a Steubenville courtroom to serving alcohol to a minor and falsification, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said.
A judge also ordered Belardine to serve 40 hours of community service and pay fines totaling $1,000.
Belardine was indicted in November 2013 by a special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville.
Authorities said Belardine hosted an August 2012 party that the rape suspects and the victim attended.
Steubenville High School football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trenton Mays were convicted in March 2013 of the rape after a trial that divided the football-crazed Rust Belt town.
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