The Steubenville rape case made headline news again this week when an Ohio school official was jailed Monday. He is being held without bond in connection with this case. The Steubenville rape case was thought to have come to a conclusion with the arrest and conviction of two teens last year.
Two high school football players were convicted of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl at a summer’s end type of party in August of last year, according to CNN News on Oct. 8. Photos and videos of these horrendous sex acts were posted online and hit the social media websites.
This Steubenville case got nationwide attention as people questioned the behavior of the football team, the refusal of 16 people to talk to investigators and the integrity of the investigation.
This football-crazed town was divided when Ma’lik Richmond and Trenton Mays were arrested and put on trial for these crimes. Richmond who was 16 at the time got a year in a juvenile detention center and Mays, who was 17, got two years.
According to CNN “someone may have tried to cover up for the two boys.” The Ohio Attorney General’s Office reveals the director of technology at Steubenville High School, 53-year-old William Rhinamand, was arrested on Monday and he faces four counts: “tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury in connection with the case.”
He could face more jail time than the two boys combined if convicted of these crimes. He is facing the possibility of four years in prison. Details of what exactly brought about these charges were not released. It is not known what it was Rhinamand is accused of tampering with in this case.
The attorney who represented the 16-year-old rape victim released a statement to the press regarding the school official’s arrest. Bob Fitzsimmons said:
"I think it's important that this shows some fruits from the investigative grand jury and also considers the importance of those responsible for reporting and/or preserving evidence after a crime is committed involving a child, in this case a girl 16 years of age.”