School Employee Indicted By Grand Jury Pleads Not Guilty

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Associated Press

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Updated Wed, Oct 9, 2013 5:01 pm

An eastern Ohio school employee has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and other charges brought by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Steubenville schools technology director William Rhinaman entered the plea during Wednesday's court hearing in Jefferson County. He also asked for a public defender, saying he doesn't know whether he'll be paid while on leave following his arrest this week.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman also faces charges of obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Prosecutors haven't outlined specific allegations against Rhinaman. He left jail after a judge released him on his own recognizance.

A judge convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the West Virginia girl after a party last year.

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