Steubenville's school chief faces trial on Aug. 18

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The superintendent of schools in Steubenville will go to trial in August on felony charges related to two rape investigations that roiled his district and brought the national media to the Ohio River city.

Mike McVey, 50, who has watched as three others indicted with him have struck deals with prosecutors, is set for trial Aug. 18 following a motions hearing Monday in a Jefferson County courtroom.

Mr. McVey is charged with obstructing justice, tampering with evidence and falsification in relation to his response to rape allegations against football and baseball players between April 2012 and November 2013.

The charges stem from the findings of a special grand jury convened in the aftermath of the trial of two football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in August 2012.

The details of the indictment against Mr. McVey, who was temporarily replaced as superintendent last month pending the outcome of his case, have not been made public.

But the time frame spans the August 2012 case and an investigation of another alleged rape of a 14-year-old by baseball players in April of that year. No one was charged in the April incident and specifics about that investigation have not been released.

Mr. McVey's lawyer, Charles Bean, did not return a request for comment, but in court he asked for a bill of particulars from the state that would provide more detail than the bare-bones indictment.

The prosecution objected, saying the defense has already received voluminous discovery material, but visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove ordered the attorney general's office to produce the document within 20 days.

Mr. Bean also asked for a list of those who testified before the grand jury as well as transcripts. Prosecutors objected on the grounds that government witnesses have been pressured not to cooperate.

The judge said she'll take Mr. Bean's motion under advisement.

Mr. McVey is one of two top officials awaiting trial. The other is William Rhinaman, the chief technology officer, who faces felony counts pertaining to his actions in regard to the August 2012 rape.

Two other cases were resolved last month. Former volunteer football coach Matt Belardine, whose parents' house was the scene of a drinking party that led to the August 2012 rape, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for allowing underage drinking and lying to authorities.

Wrestling coach Matt Fluharty, accused of failing to report suspected child abuse in regard to the August rape, received community service.

In January, West Elementary principal Lynnett Gorman struck a similar deal to resolve a charge of failure to report child abuse in regard to the alleged April rape.


Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510. First Published May 5, 2014 1:23 PM


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