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Superintendent among those indicted

November 25, 2013
By PAUL GIANNAMORE - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey and two other school district employees, Seth Fluharty and Lynett Gorman, were indicted by a special grand jury investigating an August 2012 rape of a teenage girl at an alcohol-fueled party that resulted in the conviction of two Steubenville High School athletes in March.

Also indicted is Matthew Belardine of Steubenville.

McVey is charged with two counts of obstructing justice, and single counts of falsification and tampering with evidence.

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ANNOUNCEMENT -- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the indictments of four people in connection with conduct surrounding the Steubenville teen rape case Monday morning at Eastern Gateway Community College.
-- Dave Gossett

Fluharty and Gorman are charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect. Fluharty is a strength and wrestling coach and Gorman is principal at Pugliese West Elementary, DeWine said. Belardine was a volunteer coach with the football program.

Belardine was charged with single counts of allowing underage drinking, obstruction, falsification and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

DeWine, speaking to reporters at Eastern Gateway Community College today, said the grand jury's latest indictments were handed down Friday, filed today in common pleas court and those indicted were served this morning.

DeWine said he thinks that, absent any new evidence, the grand jury should be finished. It was empaneled April 15 and met on 18 separate days.

He said while there will be questions about others not indicted, he said, "It is simply not sufficient that a person's behavior is reprehensible, disgusting, mean-spirited or just plain stupid. It is necessary for the grand jury to find that a specifically enumerated crime as provided by the Ohio Revised Code has in fact been committed, and that there is probable cause to believe that."

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