Woman pleads in Steubenville case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) — One of the defendants indicted by the Steubenville special grand jury on charges unrelated to a rape case involving two football players pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Hannah Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft, all felonies of the fifth-degree, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Rhinaman was indicted on the charges in October after the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed surrounding the Steubenville rape case uncovered unrelated wrongdoing by Rhinaman. Rhinaman was alleged to have stolen computer equipment from Steubenville City Schools while she was a contract employee for the district.

The court granted Rhinaman intervention in lieu of conviction because of drug dependency that the court found contributed to the commission of her crimes. She will have to successfully complete a treatment plan over the next two years or face traditional sentences if she is unable to do so.

Rhinaman’s charges were unrelated to those of her father, William Rhinaman, who was indicted earlier in October on four counts related to the rape investigation. William Rhinaman, who was the information technology administrator for Steubenville City Schools at the time of his alleged offenses, is scheduled to begin his trial on April 7.

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