Four Adults Charged in Steubenville Rape Case

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Nov. 25 2013 2:00 PM

Four Adults Charged in Steubenville Rape Case

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The town of Steubenville sits near the Ohio River on May 5, 2009 on the edge of Steubenville, Ohio. The Severstal Wheeling Steel Mill, one of the town's main sources of income and employment, has halted production and has laid off all but a few employees to keep on for safety and security watch.

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A grand jury today indicted four school officials in connection with the infamous Steubenville rape case. Two teens had already been convicted in March of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party in August of 2012. The new charges—against the school district's superintendent, the principal of the local elementary school, and two assistant high school football coaches—are in relation to the circumstances leading up to, and following, that crime. Here's the Associated Press with the details:

The charges against the superintendent, Mike McVey, include felony counts of obstructing justice, DeWine said. McVey wasn't immediately available for comment, but the district planned to issue a statement later Monday.
An elementary school principal and a strength coach are charged with failing to report possible child abuse. A former volunteer coach faces several misdemeanor charges, including making false statements and contributing to a child's delinquency.
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Both teens convicted in the case played football at Steubenville High School. Text messages introduced as evidence during the original trial imply that Steubenville head coach Reno Saccoccia was aware of his players' actions and may have tried to cover them up, but Saccoccia has not been charged with a crime.

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