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Trial date set for individual indicted by Steubenville special grand jury

Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 03:47 PM EST

Steubenville, Ohio ---

A spokesman with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has confirmed for NEWS9 that two phone pre-trial status conferences were conducted today in connection with the special grand jury investigation into the Steubenville teen rape case.

The spokesman said two individuals took part in those proceedings.

Matthew Belardine had a trial date set for April 22nd.

The other individual, Seth Fluharty has no date set yet and could still have another pre-trial hearing.

Belardine was indicted on four counts, all misdemeanors. Fluharty was indicted on one count regarding reporting child abuse or neglect, a fourth degree misdemeanor.

Four others were indicted as a result of the investigation; Michael McVey, Hannah Rhinaman, Lynnett Gorman, and William Rhinaman.

Hannah Rhinaman has a trial date set for Feb. 19. Rhinaman was indicted on three counts, all felonies including two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft.

Michael McVey has another phone pre-trial status conference set scheduled for March 4. He was indicted on five counts including three felonies and two misdemeanors.

William Rhinaman has a trial date set for April 7th. Rhinaman is the former director of technology for Steubenville city schools and faces charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The spokesman told NEWS9 that no other information was available.

A total of six people were indicted by a special grand jury. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the grand jury in March after two teens -- Trenton Mays and Ma'lik Richmond -- were convicted of raping another teen in Jefferson County.

The panel of 14 jurors reviewed evidence and heard testimony as part of a state-level investigation into other possible crimes connected to the original case. Since first meeting in April, they heard from 123 witnesses. A visiting judge found Mays and Richmond delinquent of raping a teenage girl in August 2012. Mays and Richmond were student-athletes at Steubenville High School at the time of the crimes.

Immediately after the two teens were sentenced, DeWine called for the grand jury to be an "investigative tool" to probe other claims and questions that have dogged the case, such as whether anyone else knew about the rape and failed to report it.

Earlier this month, an agreement in court was announced that a misdemeanor charge against West Elementary School principal Lynnett Gorman will be dismissed by June 1.

Gorman previously pleaded not guilty to failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district.

According to Jan. 8 hearing, the dismissal is contingent upon Gorman completing 40 hours of community service work and speaking to other teachers and administrators in Steubenville City Schools on the subject of recognizing and reporting child abuse and child neglect.

Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.


Trial date set for individual indicted by Steubenville special grand jury


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