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Steubenville superintendent, three others indicted on rape cover-up charges
Allegations that adults covered for rape by two high school football players surfaced shortly after social media accounts of the attack
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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A set of indictments handed down today by a special grand jury in the Ohio River town of Steubenville accuses four more adults of covering up a rape during an series of end-of-summer parties last year.  Member station WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the case that drew social media attention nationwide.

Those indicted include the school Superintendent Michael McVey, an elementary school principal and two assistant football coaches. None is accused of participating in the rape in the summer of 2012, but all are accused of playing roles in the cover-up since. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine – who empaneled the special grand jury after two high school football players were convicted of rape in juvenile court in March – says the charges are serious, but the circumstances are not unique. 

“We must remember what happened here in Steubenville can, and does sadly, happen across this nation. Teen-agers at alcohol-fueled parties, absent adults, bad decisions, acts of violence. They’re not unique to this community.”

McVey has been charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and falsification.

The charges against the principal and strength coach involve their failure to report the crime, and a volunteer coach is accused of allowing underage drinking, falsification, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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