Steubenville school official arrested for tampering with evidence

Oct. 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A school official in Steubenville, Ohio, was jailed for allegedly tampering with evidence in the rape of a 16-year-old girl, officials said.

Police arrested and jailed without bail William Rhinaman, 53, director of technology at Steubenville High School Monday, CNN reported.

In March, Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays -- who were 16 and 17 at the time, respectively -- were convicted of rape after they made photos and videos of their drunken victim and sent them out to fellow students. Richmond was sentenced to a year in jail and Mays got an additional year for disseminating a nude photo of a minor.

Rhinaman was charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury in the case, Attorney General Mike DeWine said. The nature of Rhinaman's alleged acts were not released.

"This is the first indictment in an ongoing grand jury investigation," DeWine said in a statement. "Our goal remains to uncover the truth, and our investigation continues."

If convicted, Rhinaman could face four years in jail, more than the two teens who committed the rape will serve.

"I think it's important that this shows some fruits from the investigative grand jury and also considers the importance of those responsible for reporting and/or preserving evidence after a crime is committed involving a child, in this case a girl 16 years of age," said Bob Fitzsimmons, the victim's family's attorney.

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