School Official Indicted In Steubenville Teen Rape Case

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Steubenville (Ohio) City Schools

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (21Alive) - An Ohio grand jury has indicted a school school staff member in a connection with a teen rape case.

William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, was formally charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, perjury and obstructing official business, Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, announced Monday.

The tampering, obstructing justice and perjury charges are felonies. Obstructing official business is a misdemeanor charge.

Trent Mays, 17, and Malik Richmond, 16, were convicted in juvenile court in March of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party in the summer of 2012. Mays and Richmond were sentenced to a year in juvenile year; and Mays was given an additional year for filming the girl nude.

Two teenage girls would later be arrested on allegations they threatened the victim on Twitter.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says Rhinaman works in Steubenville City Schools. The district website lists Bill Rhinaman as director of technology.

DeWine calls Rhinaman's indictman the "first" in the ongoing investigation, meaning the investigation could yield more arrests.

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