A grand jury has indicted four more people—all educators—in connection with the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, bringing the total count of adults charged in connection to the case up to six. (Two teens were found guilty of raping the girl last March.)
The most serious charges are being brought against Superintendent Michael McVey: one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice, both felonies. McVey is also charged with making a false statement and obstructing official business.
Via Think Progress:
The grand jury made its first arrest last month, jailing a Steubenville school official who was accused of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
In a news conference on Monday morning, DeWine explained that four additional adults are now facing similar charges. In addition to the superintendent, an elementary school principal, a wrestling coach, and a volunteer football coach were also charged—the first two for failing to report child abuse, and the last for facilitating the underage drinking and delinquency of a minor. The high school’s beloved head coach, who was accused of telling football players that he would protect the two rapists from any repercussions, is not facing any consequences from the grand jury.
DeWine told reporters that he doesn’t anticipate future charges in the case, although he cautioned that he can’t completely rule out that possibility. But he did indicate that he hopes the four new arrests will allow the community to feel a sense of closure.