On Monday, October 7, a school employee was arrested for hindering the police investigation into the rape of a teenage girl in Steubenville, Ohio. The two high school football players accused of committing the rape were convicted.
The school district’s director of technology, William Rhinaman, 53, was indicted with perjury, obstruction with justice, and tampering with evidence charges by the grand jury. In addition to the felony charges, Rhinaman was also indicted on the misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issues a statement regarding Rhinaman’s indictment indicating that he was just the first one to be indicted. There is still an ongoing investigation seeking out anyone who hindered the investigation into the rape.
The Steubenville rape case received national attention for the small Ohio town which is 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, PA. The local case went national when a picture and video appeared online documenting the assault of the drunk 16 year-old girl at a party.
In March, a judge delivered his guilty verdict in the rape trial of Trent Mays 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16. The two teenagers were members of Steubenville’s “Big Red” football team. The judge ruled the two delinquent in the sexual assault of the girl determining that she was too drunk to have given consent.
The judge went on to order Richmond to be held in a juvenile detention facility for at least one year, while Mays was given at least two years. However, the juvenile system could see both boys held in the facility until they reach the age of 21. After serving their sentences, both young men will be required to register as juvenile sex offenders.
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