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Indictment: Steubenville IT chief began tampering the night of the rape
Willliam Rhinaman is being held without bail and the investigation into whether other adults covered up rapes by two football players continues
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Steubenville City Schools has put its IT director on leave after he was accused of tampering with evidence in the rape case that drew national attention.
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The director of technology for Steubenville City Schools has been put on leave and is facing his first court appearance tomorrow  on charges he lied to a grand jury, tampered with evidence and hindered the investigation into a rape that rocked the town – and the country. 

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William Rhinaman is the first adult facing charges in the case in which two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl during alcohol-fueled parties.

The special grand jury indictment does not provide many details about what the 53-year-old Rhinaman is accused of doing. But it does say he started tampering with evidence on Aug. 11, 2012 – the night of the parties and the point at which texts, cell-phone images and other accounts of the rape first surfaced.

It says the obstruction of justice continued through this week, and that Rhinaman committed perjury when the grand jury met July 8th. The Steubenville district is referring any questions to the Ohio attorney general’s office, which is overseeing the investigation.  Rhinaman has been the district’s technology director since 2006, and has been with the district since 1985, except for four years when he worked for Jefferson County.

 

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