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IT worker pleads not guilty in Ohio rape case

October 9, 2013
Associated Press

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An eastern Ohio school employee has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and three other charges brought by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Steubenville schools technology director William Rhinaman also asked for a public defender during Wednesday's Jefferson County court hearing, saying he doesn't know if he'll be paid while on leave following his arrest earlier this week.

Rhinaman left jail after Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove released him on his own recognizance.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman also faces charges of obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Prosecutors haven't outlined specific allegations against Rhinaman.

A judge convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the West Virginia girl after an August 2012 party.



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