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.

Jefferson County, Ohio Sheriffs Dept./AP
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.

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.

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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