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steubenville Charge: Worker tampered with evidence


Published: Wed, October 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

An Ohio school employee tampered with evidence beginning on the night of an alcohol-fueled party last year after which two high- school football players raped a 16-year-old girl, according to an indictment released Tuesday.

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

The indictment released by the Ohio attorney general’s office alleges Rhinaman tried to alter or conceal evidence from Aug. 11, 2012, through April 25. Two Steubenville High School football players were convicted of raping the West Virginia girl after the party that began the night of Aug. 11, 2012.

Rhinaman, 53, was being held in Jefferson County Jail without bond. Steubenville attorney Stephen Lamatrice briefly represented him after his arrest Monday but said Rhinaman now wants a public defender.

Rhinaman, of Mingo Junction near Steubenville, has a hearing today at which he’s expected to ask an attorney to represent him and to seek bond. Lamatrice said Rhinaman has lived in the area 30 years and is not a risk to flee. He said Monday that Rhinaman denied the accusation.


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