Special jury meeting for fourth day

STEUBENVILLE – The special Jefferson County grand jury is set to meet again today for the fourth straight day this week.

The 14-member panel met into the early evening hours Wednesday.

The grand jury investigating if other crimes were committed last year when two Steubenville High School students raped a teenage Weirton girl has been meeting since Monday.

It was convened in April to investigate whether any adults knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by Ohio law.

So far the grand jury has issued indictments against William Rhinaman, the former director of technology for the Steubenville City School District, and his daughter, Hannah Rhinaman, who worked for the school district for approximately one month last year.

William Rhinaman was arrested on Oct. 7 and later entered a not guilty plea to charges including tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called the secret indictment naming Rhinaman “the first indictment issued by the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.”

Hannah Rhinaman was indicted by the special grand jury on Oct. 23 on two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of theft in connection with incidents that allegedly happened during the time she worked as a contract employee for Steubenville City Schools.

“She took property from the school district and sold it,” said DeWine during a telephone interview last month.

Hannah Rhinaman also entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment.

DeWine said the indictment against Hannah Rhinaman was not related to the charges against her father.

Both Rhinamans are scheduled for a Dec. 9 pre-trial hearing before visiting Summit County retired Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove.

The grand jury has worked off and on since beginning work April 30.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com)