A 53-year-old Steubenville city schools employee has been charged in the first indictments from a special grand jury investigating the rape of a high school student by two star football players a year ago.
William Rhinaman is indicted on multiple felonies including perjury, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, state Attorney General Mike DeWine's office said Monday afternoon.
Rhinaman, a Mingo Junction native, is director of technology for the school district, according to district website.
He was arrested late Monday afternoon at his home and is in the Jefferson County Jail on no bond, DeWine's office said. Arraignment is Wednesday at Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.
According to the indictment, the charges are directly related to Rhinaman's position in the district. Along with the three felony indictments, he's charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.
The indictment comes come nearly seven months after Steubenville High School student-athletes Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were found guilty in the August 2012 rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl.
The indictment against Rhinaman is the first by a special grand jury, which convened following the trial to investigate whether additional charges should be filed against school officials. Trial evidence suggested Steubenville school administrators and football coaches may have tried to keep the incident quiet.
According to Steubenville Big Red football records, Rhinaman was on the official team roster for the 1976 and 1977 seasons.
DeWine said the grand jury investigation is ongoing.
"Our goal remains to uncover the truth, and our investigation continues," he said.
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