Arraignments rescheduled for school administrators and employees in Steubenville rape case

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Arraignments for the Steubenville schools superintendent and three others charged in the aftermath of a teen rape investigation in that town have been pushed back to this Friday.

Superintendent Michael McVey, former volunteer football coach Matt Belardine, elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman and wrestling coach Seth Fluharty were supposed to be arraigned Friday at the Jefferson County courthouse, but the cases were postponed because of snow.

The four will appear in court Friday along with two others charged: William Rhinaman, director of technology, and his daughter, Hannah, who also worked for the school district.

Mr. McVey and Mr. Rhinaman face the most serious charges of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice related to allegations of a cover-up of the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by two Steubenville football players in 2012.

The others face lesser misdemeanor charges based on the investigation of a special grand jury convened to investigate cover-up allegations.

Ms. Rhinaman was indicted on theft charges that the grand jury said it uncovered during the probe that are unrelated to the rape case.

In addition, Ms. Gorman's lawyer has said the charges against her of failure to report child abuse are related to a separate incident in April 2012, not the August 2012 rape.


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