COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Jefferson County grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year has issued its first indictment against a school employee.
The indictment announced by Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday charges William Rhinaman of Mingo Junction with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. DeWine says the charges are related to Rhinaman's job as a Steubenville city schools' information technology employee. DeWine wouldn't give details of circumstances connected to the 53-year-old Rhinaman's indictment.
Two Steubenville football players were convicted in March of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in August 2012.
One of the chief issues before the panel meeting in Steubenville is whether adults, such as coaches or school administrators, knew of the allegation but failed to report it as required by state law. DeWine previously stated that during the course of the investigation, 16 witnesses - both adults and teens - were uncooperative.
A phone listing for Rhinaman was not taking calls Monday. Messages were left for the superintendent of Steubenville schools.