CRIME

Steubenville Grand Jury Investigation: Four More School Employees Indicted

11/25/2013 10:36 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Update: 11:15am:

Four more people have been indicted in the Steubenville rape case for crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to making false statements to public officials, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday at a press conference.

Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, was charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence, two felony counts of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor count of falsification and a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.

Steubenville High School wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, 26, and West Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, 40, were both indicted for failure to report child abuse or neglect. Both are misdemeanor counts, DeWine said.

Matthew Belardine, 26, a volunteer coach for Steubenville High's Big Red football team, was charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, making a false statement in order to mislead a public official and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

The indictments were made by a grand jury of Jefferson County, Ohio, citizens. The four school employees are summoned to appear in court on Dec. 6.

"This started out being just about the kids," DeWine said during the announcement. "But how do you hold kids accountable if you don't hold the adults accountable?"

Last month, Steubenville Schools information technology director William Rhinaman, 53, was indicted for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Previously:

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's attorney general plans to discuss new developments as a grand jury investigates whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine plans a news conference Monday in Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) in eastern Ohio. The issues investigated by the grand jury there include whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.

A judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the girl in August 2012.

The grand jury previously charged the Steubenville schools' information technology director with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The panel also indicted that man's daughter on theft and receiving stolen property charges unrelated to the rape case.

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