Rhinaman pleads guilty

STEUBENVILLE – Charges against Hannah Rhinaman will be dismissed if she successfully completes a drug treatment program, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Rhinaman, 20, of Wintersville pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of felony theft for taking computer equipment from the Steubenville City School District. She was permitted to enter a drug treatment program, though if she does not complete the program, she will come back for a sentencing hearing before visiting Summit County retired Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove.

Rhinaman was one of six people indicted by a special grand jury investigating aspects of the Steubenville rape case. The special grand jury held periodic sessions beginning in April to investigate if additional crimes were committed following the August 2012 Steubenville rape case that saw two Steubenville High School students convicted of the rape of a teenage Weirton girl.

Rhinaman’s defense attorney, Stephen Lamatrice, said Rhinaman was evaluated by the Jefferson Behavioral Health System and found to be drug dependent. Lamatrice asked that Rhinaman be in treatment for a minimum of one year. Cosgrove didn’t state a time frame for the drug treatment during Wednesday’s hearing in the Jefferson County Courthouse. Lamatrice said Cosgrove will hold a hearing after one year to determine if Rhinaman successfully completed the program.

Anglea Canepa, assistant attorney general, said a restitution amount will be determined and filed with the court. Cosgrove ordered the amount be filed with the court within 30 days.

Cosgrove ordered Rhinaman to be under the supervision of the Jefferson County adult probation department, which will conduct random drug screenings. Cosgrove told Rhinaman this, “is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“You made a mistake and you need to learn from that mistake,” Cosgrove said.

Lamatrice said Rhinaman has been attempting to gain employment but has had difficulty because of publicity surrounding the case. He said she is concentrating on her drug-treatment plan and is considering furthering her education. Cosgrove told Rhinaman that Lamatrice had worked hard on her behalf.

Rhinaman’s father, William, 53, of Wintersville was also indicted by the special grand jury on charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. A pretrial hearing is set for March 28, with William Rhinaman’s trial scheduled for April 7 before Cosgrove.