Grand Jury Indicts Four School Employees (Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey, Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, Wrestling Coach Seth Fluharty & Assistant Football Coach Matt Belardine) in 2012 Rape of a 16 Year Old Girl in Steubenville, OH
Stunning indictment of four Steubenville, Ohio school employees in 2012 rape case …
The grand jury that was investigating the 2012 rape of a 16 year old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has indicted four school employees, including the Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey, Elementary School principal Lynnett Gorman, wrestling coach Seth Fluharty and volunteer assistant football coach Matt Belardine. In March 2013, two Steubenville High School football players, Ma’lik Richmond and Trenton Mays, were convicted of the rape of a 16 year old girl.
At a press conference today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said it was time to make adults responsible as well. He stated, “This began as the rape of a 16 year old girl, a horrible crime of violence. But it also represents blurred, stretched, and distorted boundaries of right and wrong.” DeWine went on to say, “While this started out being about the kids, it is also just as much about the parents, about the grown-ups, about the adults. How do you hold kids accountable if you don’t hold the adults accountable?” Great question and one that needs to be answered!
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the indictments at presser … “While this started out being about the kids, It is also just as much about the parents.”
A grand jury investigating the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has indicted four school employees, including the school superintendent, who faces felony charges, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday.
Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey faces three felony counts: one charge of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice. He also is charged with making a false statement and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors, DeWine said.
Also indicted was elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman and wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, both of whom are charged with misdemeanor failure to report child abuse. Volunteer assistant Steubenville football coach Matt Belardine was charged with four misdemeanors: allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, making a false statement and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.
RH Reality Check has an incitement piece regarding the rape and the atmosphere surrounding the heinous crime asks the all important question, ‘Could New Steubenville Indictments Send a Message to Communities About Dealing With Rape?’