This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four additional Steubenville, Ohio, school employees have been indicted by a grand jury in relation to the Steubenville rape case, in which two high school athletes were tried and convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl. According DeWine, via Huffington Post, those charged are:
- Superintendent Michael McVey (pictured above), 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, for failure to report child abuse or neglect, a misdemeanor.
- West Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, also for failure to report child abuse or neglect, a misdemeanor.
- Steubenville High School volunteer football coach Matthew Belerdine, for 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 grand jury previously charged the school’s information technology director with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. The two high school football players who committed the sexual assault, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were tried and convicted in March, but only after a nationwide outcry brought attention to the case, which local Steubenville school officials and law enforcement were doing their best to sweep under the rub. While nothing can erase the damage that Mays and Richmond did that night, holding everyone involved accountable, especially those adults who went out of their way to protect them, is at least some justice. [Huffington Post]