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Ohio AG: new rape-case charges can help community

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Four Steubenville school officials indicted in alleged cover-up


STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's attorney general says long-anticipated charges against adults implicated in the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl's rape offer members of the Steubenville community a chance to begin putting the case behind them.
A grand jury on Monday charged a school superintendent and three other school officials with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of the West Virginia girl by two high school football players.
The Steubenville City School District placed Superintendent Michael McVey and the others on leave at an emergency board meeting Monday. A former superintendent was also tapped to lead the district temporarily. The board said its focus is making sure the district can continue to educate students.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says the message of the grand jury, which consists of local county residents, is that the community is rectifying the problem and holding people accountable.
The investigation included crimes committed in connection with the case against two members of the celebrated Steubenville High School football team as well as a separate alleged rape that happened in April 2012.

Associated Press

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