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Steubenville school employee gets hearing as part of rape case investigation

Steubenville City Schools technology director has been charged with evidence tampering, among other crimes. This is part of a grand jury probe into the rape of a teenage girl by male Steubenville high school students last year.

By Associated Press / October 9, 2013

This Oct. 7, 2013 booking photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriffs Deptartment shows William Rhinaman, an information technology employee at the Steubenville, Ohio City Schools.

Jefferson County, Ohio Sheriffs Dept./AP


Steubenville, Ohio

A court hearing is planned for an eastern Ohio school employee charged with tampering with evidence by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year.

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William Rhinaman, technology director at Steubenville City Schools, has also been charged with obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman was scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Rhinaman, who is being held without bond, is expected to ask for a public defender. He has denied the accusations against him.

A judge convicted two Steubenville football players of raping the West Virginia girl after a party on Aug. 11, 2012.

The indictment announced Monday alleges Rhinaman tried to alter or conceal evidence from that date through April 25.

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