The first person to be indicted by the special grand jury for the Steubenville rape case was in court for his arraignment on Wednesday afternoon.
William Rhinaman, 53, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence, perjury, obstructing justice, and obstructing official business. Rhinaman asked for a personal recognizance bond of $25,000.
His next appearance is set for Friday, October 25, at 11 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing.
William Rhinaman, 53, will appear in a Jefferson County courtroom at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to officially be arraigned on his charges.
Meanwhile, Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Mike McVey issued the following statement after the indictment was handed down: "Mr. Rhinaman will be placed on a leave of absence effective immediately, pending the outcome of the criminal case. The board will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement authorities in their ongoing investigation."
The special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed in the Steubenville rape case has issued its first indictment.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on multiple felony counts and one misdemeanor count. The indictment asserts Rhinaman tampered with evidence, committed perjury, obstructed justice, and obstructed official business. Tampering with evidence, perjury, and obstruction of justice are all felony counts under Ohio law. The obstruction of official business is a misdemeanor charge.
The charges against Rhinaman relate to his position as an employee of Steubenville City Schools in the area of information technology. He is listed on the website of Steubenville High School as "Director of Technology."
Attorney General DeWine said in an telephone interview with 7 News, "While this was the first indictment, they (the grand jury) are not done with their investigation. So they will continue to hear from witnesses, and continue to look into the investigation."
Dan Tierney, from the Ohio Attorney General's office says a copy of the indictment is under seal until paperwork regarding Rhinaman's arrest is filed with the county clerk. The Attorney General's Office expects to file that paperwork sometime Tuesday, Oct 8.
The Board of Education of Steubenville City Schools released the following statement on Tuesday, following the indictment of Rhinaman:
"The Board of Education of Steubenville City Schools learned late yesterday that the District's Director of Technology, Bill Rhinaman, has been indicted by a special grand jury convened by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. According to the Ohio Attorney General's office, Mr. Rhinaman was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. Mr. Rhinaman will be placed on a leave of absence effective immediately, pending the outcome of the criminal case.
Mr. Rhinaman was originally employed by the Steubenville School District in 1985. He worked for the District until 2002, when he worked for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center. He returned to the Steubenville Schools in 2006 and has since been employed in his present capacity. As the Director of Technology, Mr. Rhinaman is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the District's technology infrastructure, hardware and software."