New trial date set for former school official

STEUBENVILLE – Retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove in Jefferson County has agreed to a new trial date for William Rhinaman, former director of technology for the Steubenville City School District.

A telephone pretrial conference was held Wednesday and Cosgrove canceled an April 7 trial date.

A spokesman for the Ohio attorney general’s office said Thursday afternoon a new trial date will be scheduled in the future.

Rhinaman was the first of six people indicted by a special Jefferson County grand jury that was called to determine if additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

Rhinaman was indicted by the special grand jury on Oct. 4 and arrested by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents on Oct. 7 at his Mingo Junction home.

He was arraigned on Oct. 8 on charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The four-count secret indictment issued on Oct. 7 accused the 53-year-old Mingo Junction man with tampering with evidence by altering, destroying, concealing or removing evidence from Aug. 11, 2012, to April 25, 2013.

A series of parties that ended with a Weirton girl being raped by two Steubenville High School students occurred on Aug. 11, 2012.

Count two of the indictment handed down by the special grand jury accuses Rhinaman of trying to stop the prosecution of another person by either concealing or destroying evidence and getting the person to withhold information or communicating false information from April 8 to Oct. 4.

The third count charged Rhinaman with obstructing official business from April 8 until Oct. 4.

The perjury charge claimed Rhinaman made a false statement under oath to the special grand jury during a July 8 proceeding.

The Steubenville board of education immediately placed Rhinaman on paid administrative leave.

He retired from his job effective Nov. 1.

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