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Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey Among Those Charged In Alleged Cover-Up In Rape Case

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Four more people have been indicted by an Ohio grand jury for crimes related to the Steubenville high school rape case. One of those charged is the Steubenville City Schools superintendent.

Michael McVey, the Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, faces three felony counts, according to the New York Daily News. The charges against him include one count of tampering with evidence, a felony, two felony counts of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and obstructing official business.

Lynnette Gorman, Matthew Belardine and Seth Fluharty were also charged. Gorman is an elementary school principal, Belardine is a football coach at Steubenville High and Fluharty is a wrestling and strength coach. They were charged with crimes that ranged from failure to report child abuse to obstruction of justice.

Think Progress noted that the aftermath of the rape case, which involved several high school football players assaulting an unconscious victim, has stretched on for months. After two teens were found guilty of rape in March, a grand jury was convened to investigate whether any adults knew about the assault and attempted to keep it quiet. The grand jury made its first arrest in October, jailing a Steubenville school official who was accused of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine hopes the latest arrests provide some closure for the community.

“This community has suffered a great deal. I know they desperately need to be able to put this matter behind them. All of us, no matter where we live, owe it to each other to be better neighbors, classmates, friends, citizens. We must treat rape and sexual assault as the serious crime of violence that is,” DeWine stated, according to Think Progress. “When it’s investigated, everyone has an obligation to help find the truth — not hide the truth, not tamper with the truth, not obstruct the trust, and not destroy the truth.”

McVey, Gorman, Belardine and Fluharty were set to appear in court early next month.

Sources: New York Daily News, Think Progress