School superintendent among 4 adults indicted in Steubenville rape case
The superintendent of the city’s schools and three other adults have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the Steubenville rape case. A 16-year-old girl was raped by members of Steubenville’s high school football team in 2012.
Now, WOWK-TV reports, Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey has been “charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and falsification.” Also charged: elementary school principal Lynette Gorman, for alleged failure to report child abuse; wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, for alleged failure to report child abuse; and volunteer football coach Matthew Bellardine, “who faces charges allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, falsification, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
The case went national after pictures and videos captured by some of the boys involved surfaced of the incident. As a result, local authorities were pressed to look further into the crime. Last March, two boys were found guilty of the rape and the head of technology for Steubenville City Schools was accused of tampering with evidence.
Critics have long accused the school of placing their interest in the city’s flagship football program over that of the victim and her safety. The victim received a mass amount of social media hate speech directed towards her for coming forward with the claims.
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