Former Steubenville school employee pleads in rape case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – The former information technology director for the Steubenville City Schools pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing official business in the Steubenville football player rape case.

William Rhinaman pleaded to the second-degree misdemeanor and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 80 days suspended upon successful completion of one year of community control, according to a news release from the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Rhinaman also was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

Rhinaman was one of several school employees, including the former superintendent, who was indicted in October 2013 by a special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Two football players, Ma’Lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, were found delinquent of lesser charges in juvenile court. The rape, in which the victim was a 16-year-old West Virginia girl. happened at an alcohol-fueled party in August 2012.

Both Richmond and Mays have since been released from prison and Richmond played football for the Big Red this past fall.

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