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Update: Grand Jury issued second indictment in teen rape case

October 23, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer , Times Leader

STEUBENVILLE -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a second indictment has been issued by the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Hannah M. Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction was indicted by the grand jury on two counts of receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felonies, and one count of grand theft, a fifth-degree felony.

A summons for Hannah Rhinaman was issued by the grand jury.

"The charges against Hannah Rhinaman are related to incidents that occurred at Steubenville City Schools. However, the charges are separate and unrelated to the previous indictment issued against her father, William Rhinaman on Oct. 7, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the attorney general's office.

The statement from DeWine's office also said the grand jury adjourned Wednesday until a future date to be determined.

Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey issued a statement Wednesday afternoon explaining Hannah Rhinaman worked in the school district from Aug. 20, 2012, to Sept. 12, 2012.

"She was hired to assist the technology department set up the district's computer labs and update software, according to the press release from the city school board.

"Ms. Rhinaman worked at the district a total of 118 hours at $7.70 per hour on a purchase services contract, stated the release.

"The board will continue to cooperate fully with the attorney general and law enforcement authorities in their ongoing investigation of the district. Any questions about the charges or the criminal investigation should be directed to the office of the Ohio attorney general," concluded the prepared statement.

William Rhinaman is on a paid leave of absence from his job as director of technology for the city school district and is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing.

The special grand jury issued a four-count secret indictment against William Rhinaman on Oct. 7 in what DeWine called "the first indictment issued by the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case."

The 53-year-old Rhinaman is facing several charges, including tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor and perjury, a third-degree felony.

Rhinaman is set to appear before Summit County retired Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove.

Cosgrove was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to oversee the special grand jury.

Rhinaman entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment proceedings.

Ma'Lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were convicted of rape earlier this year in connection with an incident in August 2012. Mays also was found delinquent of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

The grand jury has worked off and on since beginning work April 30.

 
 

 

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