First Person Indicted by Steubenville Rape Case Grand Jury Pleads Guilty


William Rhinaman, of Mingo Junction, has pleaded guilty to a second degree misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business.  He was the first person indicted back in October 2013 by a Special Grand Jury.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had the Special Grand Jury review whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Rhinaman, the former IT director for Steubenville City Schools, pleaded guilty today to obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor, in a charge related to his schools position at the time.

He resigned his position with the school, which the Steubenville School Board accepted on November 1, 2013.

Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove sentenced Rhinaman to 90 days of jail with 80 suspended upon successful completion of one year of community control, and also 40 hours of community service. Judge Cosgrove also directed Rhinaman to pay court costs and probation service fees.

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