School Officials Charged in Steubenville Rape Case

Superintendent, assistant football coach among those indicted
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2013 11:03 AM CST
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, answers questions about the successful prosecution of two juveniles in a rape case during a news conference in this March 17, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Steubenville Herald-Star, Michael D. McElwain, Pool)

(Newser) – Four school employees were charged in connection with the Steubenville rape case today, including Superintendent Michael McVey, who was charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, NBC News reports. Volunteer football coach Matthew Belardine was charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, making a false statement, and contributing to unruliness. Wrestling coach Seth Fluharty and Steubenville elementary school principal Lynette Gorman were both charged with failing to report child abuse, according to WKYC.

The indictments come from the same grand jury that indicted football players Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond. "While this started out being about the kids, it is also just as much about the parents. About the grown ups," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a press conference announcing the charges. "How do you hold kids accountable if you don't hold the adults accountable?"

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