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The Blade: Cold delays Steubenville principal’s abuse trial

January 7, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  9 Comments

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The first of five adults charged in the wake of two rape investigations in Steubenville will go on trial Wednesday.

Lynnett Gorman, principal at West Elementary School, was supposed to go to trial today on a charge of failure to report suspected child abuse, but the case was postponed because of the cold.

Court officials said they didn’t want to make the jurors, several of whom are elderly, venture out.

Eight jurors will hear the case starting at 9 a.m. in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court; because the charge is a misdemeanor, eight jurors are seated instead of the 12 for felony cases.

The trial is expected to last a day and focus on Ms. Gorman’s actions in regard to a reported rape of a 14-year-old girl by a group of Steubenville High School baseball players in April, 2012.

The alleged incident occurred four months before the August rape of a 16-year-old girl by two football players, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, both of whom were convicted.

In the earlier case, no one was charged with rape and no suspects were ever named. But under Ohio law, school officials have an obligation to report suspected abuse or neglect, regardless of the outcome of any investigation.

The indictment against Ms. Gorman, whose husband is vice principal at the high school, says she failed to report child abuse on or about April 12, 2012, but it provides no other information.

Her attorney, Dennis McNamara, is expected to argue that his client heard rumors of a party in early April at which drinking and sexual activity took place, but the extent of her involvement was asking whether her son had been there.

After being told he wasn’t, Mr. McNamara said, she dropped the matter and never heard any details of what happened.

The attorney general’s office has not revealed its evidence, but prosecutors have subpoenaed nine witnesses, including several agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a bureau computer forensics specialist.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2014/01/07/Cold-delays-Steubenville-principal-s-abuse-trial.html#k7GQHERIJHwjVPzm.99

Herald Star Article Snip…

Longo has issued subpoenas for nine witnesses in the case: Anthony Craig and Mary Craig, both of 3200 Sunset Blvd.; Rachel Colflesh of 314 Braybarton Blvd.; Glenda Jones of the Jefferson County Job and Family Services Department; Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Agents Elio Lorussi, John Shea and Jean Phillipe Rigaud; Christine Ross, BCI analyst; and Joann Gibb, BCI computer forensic specialist.

More: http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/594135/Gorman-trial-moved-to-Wednesday.html?nav=5010

First Steubenville Trial Pushed Back To Wednesday

January 6, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  3 Comments

The trial for one of the six individuals indicted by a special grand jury investigating the Steubenville teen rape case has been rescheduled.

Jury selection in the Lynnett Gorman trial was set to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday. However, court officials have confirmed to NEWS9 that the trial has been pushed back to Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Gorman, the principal of Pugliese West Elementary School, is facing a misdemeanor charge for failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district.

Read More at: http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/gorman-trial-rescheduled-due-inclement-weather-2631.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.UssA8rfHBZ0.twitter/

Steubenville Tweeter Blasts Adam Social Over Threat To Burn Down Town

January 5, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  28 Comments

Warning Issued: Don’t Mess With Steubenville Mothers!!

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Tweeters Make The Case Richmond Served Full Time Of 1 Year

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The Wire: Steubenville Rapist Ma’lik Richmond Has Been Released

January 5, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  1 Comment

Ma’lik Richmond, who was found “delinquent” in last March’s Steubenville rape case, has been released from an Ohio juvenile detention facility, WTRF reports.

In part of his statement, Richmond’s lawyer, Walter Madison, praised his client’s courage in the face of the unimaginable hardship (or “hardness,” as Madison put it) of being a 16-year-old convicted rapist:

The past sixteen months have been extremely challenging for Ma’Lik and his extended family. At sixteen years old, Ma’Lik and his family endured hardness beyond imagine for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life.

There was no mention of the 16-year-old Richmond was sent to jail for raping, nor any hardships she may have faced when, in an “unfortunate set of circumstances,” Richmond and his football teammate Trent Mays sexually assaulted her. Richmond and Mays’ victim’s lawyer, Bob Fitzsimmons, noted this in his statement:

Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist’s press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family – whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life. One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in a juvenile facility — the minimum he could have received. He began serving his time on April 1. How nice for him that he got out early.

Madison has appealed the verdict, arguing that Richmond’s brain wasn’t “fully developed” enough to know that what he was doing was wrong, and therefore he should not have to register as a sex offender.

In November, a grand jury indicted four adults — including Steubenville High School’s superintendent Michael McVey — for their role in the case (they plead not guilty last month). It’s not over yet.

http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/01/steubenville-rapist-malik-richmond-has-been-released/356707/

Twitter Explodes Over Richmond’s Early Release; Calls Go Out For Goddard To Face Charges

January 5, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  6 Comments

All of this is a mere sample of what’s happening on twitter right now. :shock:

WTOV9: Ma’Lik Richmond released from juvenile detention facility

January 5, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  9 Comments

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio

Sources have confirmed for NEWS9 that Ma’lik Richmond has been released from an Ohio juvenile detention facility

The release came after the first of the year.

In March of 2013 Richmond, along with fellow student athlete Trent Mays, were convicted of raping a then 16-year-old girl in August of 2012.

For the crime Richmond was sentenced to one year in the juvenile detention system and Mays who was convicted of an additional charge received two years.

Read More at: http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/malik-richmond-released-juvenile-detention-facility-2624.shtml

The Levi Page Show returns 1/9 10 PM ET!

January 2, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  5 Comments

Posted on January 1, 2014 by Levi

Hello everyone! I hope you all had an awesome Christmas, and have a great 2014 ahead of you. I’m excited to announce that I will be bringing back my show! I will be broadcasting Live every Thursday night at 10 PM ET / 9 CT / 7 PT discussing the latest high-profile trials, crime stories, and current events that have captivated the country.

My show will be broadcast on TalkShoe.com and you can listen Live every Thursday at 10 PM ET, at: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=131567&cmd=tc

I hope you all tune in, I will have a Live chat room open during the show and will be taking listener calls during the show.

http://levipageshow.com/?p=738

Popadopolous Responds To Nasty Accusations Against Him And Gal Pal K

January 2, 2014 |  by  |  Blog  |  10 Comments
Popadopolous

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm 

When we were planning the book, we planned on donating 100% profits to RAINN. What Sam fails to mention is that SHE was originally going to write the book with me but the difference was that she planned on keeping all of her profits made from it.

That is all I’m saying on this little issue. Let her flap her jaws, doesn’t bother me one bit.

Is KYAnonymous Getting Ready To Make News?

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Looks Like Trouble Brewing For Pops And Gal Pal K!

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  56 Comments

Herald Star: Hanlin talks about heroin trafficking

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  66 Comments

STEUBENVILLE – Jane Hanlin, Jefferson County prosecutor, was guest speaker during Friday’s luncheon meeting of the city Rotary Club at the YWCA on North Fourth Street.

Hanlin painted a forboding picture of the amount of heroin drug trafficking in the city and surrounding area, telling Rotarians there were “thousands” of heroin addicts in Jefferson County. She also described the heroin trafficking connection between Steubenville and Chicago in stark terms.

“You can trace (surrounding crime) back to the heroin trafficking in this area,” said Hanlin, adding family, gang and other ties exist between drug dealers in Chicago and Steubenville. “Cocaine and crack cocaine were bad when I became an assistant prosecutor in 2005, but we’ve never seen anything like the heroin trafficking coming from Chicago. We are the perfect storm for this environment.”

Hanlin said the number of heroin addicts in the area and large markets such as Pittsburgh and West Virginia make Steubenville an easy target for heroin traffickers.

“You see it impacting our area,” she said. “We have a staggering number of heroin addicts here.”

Hanlin said the number of overdose deaths in West Virginia in 2012 was one of the highest in the country, and all people in neighboring counties have to do is cross a bridge to Steubenville to buy the drug. She said the recent spate of shootings and other violence can be traced back to turf wars surrounding the local drug trafficking.

There was some good news, she continued, adding she’d recently been named a federal prosecutor, which she said would help break down the barriers between law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal levels. Hanlin said federal laws regarding drug trafficking tend to be more harsh than state or local laws. She said in the past the different law enforcement entities tended to not work in tandem.

“The people who know that best are the people who traffic heroin,” said Hanlin, adding traffickers seek out soft targets.

She added there were 14 local individuals recently busted on a federal conspiracy ring to traffick the drug and more arrests would be forthcoming because of better cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

“It certainly won’t solve the heroin problem here, but (it’s a start),” she said, adding she wants to send a massage Steubenville no longer is a soft target. “We want to get that message out there.”

She said the recent violence tied to trafficking here is giving some the wrong impression, particularly businesses, that want to settle in the Ohio Valley.

“We’ve has some (business owners) complain they can’t find individuals who can pass a drug test,” she said. “Many of these individuals began with pills.”

As law enforcement began to crack down on pill use many addicts switched to heroin because it was readily available and cheap, Hanlin added.

“(Heroin) is the hardest drug I’ve ever seen anyone try to quit,” Hanlin said, adding inpatient opportunities for addicts in the area were slim, only adding to the problem.

Hanlin said Steubenville and the area still are relatively safe, and drug dealers tend to commit crimes on other drug dealers. She added the area now has the federal clout to sink its teeth into some of the traffickers.

“(Drug dealers) fear federal prosecution more than (local) prosecution,” she said.

http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/593676/Hanlin-talks-about-heroin-trafficking.html

WTOV9: Man charged with assaulting police pleads guilty

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  4 Comments

By Rich Pierce  Jefferson County, OH  December 30, 2013

A man charged with assaulting two officers in July in Steubenville changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced today. Kenneth Jett was arrested after a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy and a Steubenville police officer approached his parked vehicle because of a noise complaint. Jett then fled, nearly pinning one of the law enforcement officers between his car and another vehicle.

“We consider it to be a very serious offense because two officers were almost severely hurt by the actions of Mr. Jett,” Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said.

The charges against Jett could have resulted in a 16-year sentence. The arrangement agreed upon by both sides was that Jett would serve two years for each of two charges. Those sentences would be consecutive.

“They realized that the evidence against him was strong. These officers were simply doing their job and both of them risked being killed that night simply because he wouldn’t stop the vehicle,” Hanlin said.

Despite the agreed upon sentence, the defense asked for mercy – knowing the judge could deviate from the agreement when sentencing.

Before the final ruling Jett made one final plea to the court. “I’d like to apologize to the officers and their families. I want to apologize to you, your Honor, to the prosecutor and to my family. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I thank God no one was hurt. I am not a violent person,” Jett said.

In the end, the plea agreement was honored. “We had talked with these officers. Both officers have very young children. We are just grateful that these officers are OK,” Hanlin said.

http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/man-charged-assaulting-police-pleads-guilty-2594.shtml

Meg Hutton-Hale · Follow · Kaplan Career Institute-Icm Campus

On one hand I feel bad for this man because he probably got himself involved with drugs but that pity doesn’t alleviate his need to be punished. This man may not have intended to hurt anyone but his actions could have very well left two families without their father, husband, brother, uncle, son, friend, etc. I’m sure drunk drivers don’t intend to kill anyone either but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Law enforcement officers put their life on the line to help keep our streets safe the least we can do as the public is follow direction to help make their job a little easier.

Happy New Year!

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Tricia Griffith Of Websleuths’ Counter-Petition Against Sue Pruitt

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  7 Comments
Counter-Petition to lawsuit brought by Sue Pruitt of Websleuths against Tricia Griffith of Websleuths.

Here is the public link to read up on the counter suit filed by Tricia Griffith against Sue Pruitt… Juicy stuff here! Wow!! :shock:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/194768084/Griffith-Original-Counter-Petition

Looks like this is a take no prisoners petition!!

Casting Call For Steubenville Movie!

December 31, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  3 Comments

This should be interesting if anyone can figure out whether it’s about a rape case or about KYAnonymous! LOL! $5 so far… It’s supposed to be a “narrative” – how boring. I wonder which Hollywood stars would play who in Steubenville if the “narrative” explored the entire matter? LOL!

Steubenville
Steubenville is a narrative film based on the Anonymous member who exposed the rape scandal and cover-up in Steubenville, Ohio.


Short Summary
Steubenville explores the absurdity where the whistleblower is disproportionately punished in comparison to the perpetrator of the original crime that is exposed. A fictionalized account based on recent news events surrounding the cover-up of a group rape committed by a high school football team and an Anonymous member who exposed it online, Steubenville shows the audience a dark and ugly side of youth culture, as well as the bleak and existential side of being accused as a cyber-criminal. The opposite of a feel good movie, the audience should walk away questioning the increasing apathy towards “rape culture” amongst America’s youth and the Draconian measures towards online activists punished by outdated computer hacking laws.

More: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/steubenville

FLEXIBLE FUNDING??

Alt Queen, Brianne Chantal, Adopts Murt Tactics #LOON

December 19, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  6 Comments

Brianne, in a class act, proves even her Alt’s are an understudy of Murt’s lame twitter and can be mean… libelous and slanderous! This is truly disgusting!

Sad Announcement On Facebook Page Brianne Chantal Created

December 19, 2013 |  by  |  Smack, Spoof  |  97 Comments

I sadly assume Brianne has departed…
Such a tragedy. So young. So talented. So beautiful. So successful.  RIP!

****LAST MINUTE UPDATE – I’ve been informed it may be someone else who off’d themselves on a Facebook page, but I’m still going with Brianne, as we can all hope!


https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforTillyGodwin?ref=br_tf

Reddit Sleuther Seeking Names Of Steubenville’s Alledged April 2012 Rapists

December 18, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  26 Comments


http://www.reddit.com/r/Steubenville/comments/1t0ppv/who_were_the_april_2012_rapists/

Is The Blowhard “jacktripper” Robert Kopras?

December 15, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  9 Comments

Kopras was well known to several blogs during the beginning of the rape case on social media and during the protests. I think you could ask Holly Briley about that – she blogged about all of his antics and threats…

Things apparently haven’t changed much if “jacktripper” is Kopras! Still a bully. Still threatening. Same old bullshit.

Kopras may have a dog in the fight, I don’t know, but he doesn’t live in Steubenville and doesn’t speak for anyone there.

Herald Star Commenter Threatens Over What He Calls “The Finger Rape Case”, Rips AG DeWine

December 15, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  30 Comments

KY is not a popular guy to many in Steubenville. To the MSM he is a hero. A commenter on Herald Star actually shot a warning to KY that he was “being dealt with as i type. Promise!” It is assumed he was directing that comment to KYAnonymous aka Deric Lostutter – among others. This commenter also referred to other schools as “‘hors”. Even said some of his neighbors made him sick and called them morons!! Oh my!! :shock: You can read these comments below…

jacktripper

Dec-14-13 8:48 PM

The worst part of all this was, the convicted boys were trying to do the right thing in their drunken state. They tried to drive the girl home, and she refused. The tried to SEDUCE her (knowing she’d been with their team mates) and the stopped every time she refused. The continued to try to seduce her, after getting more intoxicated, and did not follow through because she gave no consent. If that was “rape” then there are millions – men AND women – who are just as guilty. This has nothing to do with football or a school system. Our AG is either confused or delirious or simply afraid. Those boys aren’t perfect, but they acted MUCH better than most of the sons of ******* around here would have, period.   0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

jacktripper

Dec-14-13 8:43 PM

The Truth hurts. No wonder so many morons continue to follow “The Finger Rape Case” and lie about it. Doubt there would have been a conviction without the bogus lies and threats (including threats against the judge and Ohio Attorney General). So rant on, you ignorant horde of worthless misinformation. Get your “facts” on some unemployed felon’s page. K-Lie some more. YOUR names have been written down and are being dealt with as i type. Promise!   0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

jacktripper

Dec-14-13 8:36 PM

Steubenville City Schools are BY FAR the best in this area. We have scored, yours are just ‘hors. Keep on hating. We’re used to it, LoL!   0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

jacktripper

Dec-14-13 8:35 PM

The witch hunt continues. Don’t let the public know what’s going on now? How afraid of the Truth are the prosecutors? Seems those jealous, hateful, caves of racism that surround Steubenville would be the ones crying for none of the FACTS to get out. The FACT that they tried to turn a feel up “rape” into a GANG RAPE! The FACT that they tried to turn this stupid, little farce into something national, and have been proven wrong. The FACT that this girl’s family tried to drop charges because they did not want the notoriety, yet K-Lie and his white trash sheeple made their Life a living hell, while they lied and said the Steubenville prosecutor tried to drop the charges (when she in FACT refused to do so). Crawl back in your holes in Brilliant, Toronto, Follensbee, etc. You all make me sick to my stomach. Wish any of you morons would dare say something to my son about wearing a Big Red shirt. You’d get a real beat down! All comments are here: http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.comment/id/593431/Attorneys-prepare-for-court-cases–gag-order.html?nav=5010

Did AG DeWine Conduct A Witch Hunt In Steubenville?

December 15, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  78 Comments

That’s the opinion of the Shrew crowd and also of many others in Steubenville. Of course, others believe it was needed and wasn’t a witch hunt, while some believe DeWine’s Special Grand Jury didn’t go far enough and should have whacked Hanlin and associates for handling the case for 2 weeks before she turned it over to the AG’s office.

Whatever the opinions held, Stuebenville is in for another drama Christmas. I’ve been told last year was horrible thanks to KYAnonymous exploding the case on twitter and other social media platforms, which resulted in Prinnie making numerous tv appearances about how she found the teenager’s tweets, etc., and how she put them on her blog – Prinniefied.com. Prinnie’s blog not only went national – it went international.

Recently Prinnie had some remarks about the indicted school employees on her blog – quoted below. Her words speak for themselves concerning her opinion on the matter.

“Nothing says “we don’t need no danged ol’ accountability here” like allowing educators charged with failing to report child abuse to be back in a position to keep a watchful eye out for the safety of children. *sarcasm*  If the residents of Steubenville want to figure out why the world looks down at their town with an air of disgust, they should be asking their school board what the heck they were thinking by allowing individuals who are accused of failure to report child abuse to be allowed back to work overseeing the safety and well-being of school children.”

Others have lashed out at DeWine for spending 9 months on a witch hunt and came up with nothing but frivolous dirt which will not stand up in court and have nothing to do with the August rape and are down right stupid concerning the April rape. His Senior Advisor and one who dealt with Steubenville, was arrested this last week for drunk driving – OVI in Ohio. DeWine commented in a very sympathetic statement and it has been silence since. You see on twitter there have been tweets to the AG asking if he is going to investigate that guy – and dirt being put out on DeWine – some of the comments on the article being passed around are below. There is much more about dirt on DeWine here –  Who will guard the guards?   

  “DeWine worked his way up from Assistant Greene County Prosecutor to U. S. Senator with a seat on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.  To put it bluntly, if you were a Greene County Republican, and unless you were an ally or friend of Mike DeWine, you had no chance to be elected to public office or to receive appointment to a political patronage job in Greene County.  That was especially true in the Greene County Prosecutor’s office as well as the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dayton.  All the key players, elected or appointed, have strong ties to Mike DeWine.

 Steve Haller, the current Greene County Prosecutor, worked for the law-firm DeWine, (Bill) Schenck and Rose from 1978 to 1982.  Haller replaced DeWine in 1975 as Asst. County Prosecutor and then replaced Bill Schenck as Prosecutor in 2006 when Schenck retired.  Haller also serves as Secretary for the Greene County Republican Central Committee. In 2006, DeWine nominated Schenck for Assistant U.S. Attorney, a position once held by Greg Lockhart, previously a partner (1982-1985) with Schenck, Schmidt and (Greg) Lockhart in Xenia.  Mike DeWine also nominated Greg Lockhart for U.S. Attorney, who was appointed as one of 93 U.S. Attorneys by George W. Bush in 2001.  If you see a pattern, buckle up, because it gets even more interesting.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Schenck’s spouse worked as Mike DeWine’s state office manager for nearly a decade, and from 2003 to 2007 earned $367,666.46,* including a $19, 655.53* parting gift from the “Resolution and Reorganization Reserve” two months after DeWine left the Senate.  Mrs. Schenck moved over to the private sector for a while, but when Eileen Austria left Congressman Dave Hobson’s office to campaign for her husband Steve, Barbara Schenck went back through the revolving door to replace Mrs. Austria, who from 2003 to 2007 was paid $466,287.87* as Hobson’s District Director. (*Source: www.legistorm.com )”

As always, there is a lot of back room chatter about how DeWine only went high profile on this case because he was bullied into it by social media. Others say he simply jumped into the media drama for votes. He is a politician after all, and there is a lot of talk, and it isn’t pretty, about a political backlash headed his way. Some who live in Steubenville are angry their AG jumped into the media spotlight and assisted in the trashing of Steubenville. I suspect the “dirt digging” on DeWine will go pretty deep!

The media has jumped on board with articles about the April rape and that along with the indicted employees hangs over Steubenville and will go into Christmas and maybe longer. Media article snippet below.

“But the charge against elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman, and at least some of the counts against Mr. McVey, involve their response to an April 2012 incident in which a 14-year-old girl said she was raped by a group of baseball players at a coach’s house.”

The news article can be read here – Newest charges in Steubenville relate to another alleged rape.

Lynnett Gorman, per her attorney,  has requested a jury trial. The AG’s prosecutor is requesting a gag order on the Belardine case and the others pending the judge’s decision on that one.

Steubenville is looking at another Christmas that feels more like a circus.

Herald Star: Attorneys prepare for court cases, gag order

December 14, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  5 Comments

STEUBENVILLE – Prosecutors told visiting retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove they will ask for a gag order as they prepare to try three Steubenville City School employees, a former volunteer high school football coach and the school district’s retired director of technology.

“We filed the motion in the Matthew Belardine case. We have not yet filed the motion in the other cases but that will depend on the court’s ruling in the Belardine case. We are providing all of the defense attorneys with a copy of the gag order motion,” Assistant Attorney General Scott Longo told Cosgrove Friday morning.

Longo’s announcement came at the close of arraignment proceedings for City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey, Pugliese West Elementary Principal Lynette Gorman, Garfield East special education teacher Seth Fluharty, former volunteer Steubenville High School football coach Belardine and retired director of technology William Rhinaman.

All three school employees and Belardine entered not guilty pleas Friday morning.

McVey, Belardine and Fluharty are scheduled to appear again in the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 17 for pre-trial hearings.

Gorman did not waive her right to a speedy trial and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7 to face a single misdemeanor charge regarding failure to report child abuse or neglect on April 12, 2012.

Her attorney, Dennis McNamara, said Gorman did not appear at her arraignment hearing, “because she is at work doing her job.”

“We want a speedy trial because it is difficult for her to have this pending. We will request a jury trial and she wants to put this behind her,” McNamara stated, adding he anticipates a one-day trial.

“My understanding is she heard from a second- or thirdhand person about a party in April where some kids were allegedly drinking. Lynette asked her son if he was at the party because she is a responsible parent. Her son told her he was not at the party and she made some phone calls to make sure her son wasn’t at the party. She also heard some of the kids at the party were involved in sexual conduct. She was acting as a mom not as a school principal. She didn’t believe she was required to report the party,” McNamara told reporters after the court hearing.

“Lynette Gorman has the confidence of the school board. They initially placed her on paid leave after the indictments were announced but after they saw the charges, they let her go back to work. She doesn’t want all of this attention. She was just trying to be a conscientious mother. She determined her son was not at the party and moved on,” added McNamara.

“We are opposed to a gag order. The Ohio attorney general held a press conference to announce these indictments and discuss the charges and now they are asking us not to talk about the case,” Charles Bean of St. Clairsville, who is representing McVey, said after the hearing.

“We are confident we will prevail. The special grand jury has met for nine months and this is all they have. I am confident my client will go back to work,” Bean stated.

(snipped)

More: http://www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/593431/Attorneys-prepare-for-court-cases–gag-order.html?nav=5010

Newest charges in Steubenville relate to another alleged rape

December 14, 2013 |  by  |  Blog  |  Comments Off

By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Largely lost in the media crush following the indictments of school officials in the Steubenville rape case is the fact that several charges involve allegations of a second rape during another drunken teen party four months before the one that drew worldwide scrutiny to the Ohio Valley town.

School employees, including superintendent Mike McVey, will be arraigned today along with others indicted in the aftermath of the August 2012 rape by two high school football players.

Some charges pertain to attempts to cover up the sexual assault of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, both of whom were convicted.

But the charge against elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman, and at least some of the counts against Mr. McVey, involve their response to an April 2012 incident in which a 14-year-old girl said she was raped by a group of baseball players at a coach’s house.

The girl and her mother first made the complaint to the sheriff’s office in Jefferson County in September 2012, after the investigation had begun into the August rape. Sheriff Fred Abdalla turned the matter over to Steubenville police, who referred it to the attorney general’s office.

In March, after a judge convicted the two football players, a special grand jury was impaneled to investigate any evidence of a cover-up surrounding both incidents, said Dan Tierney, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

He would not describe the April incident any further, but no suspects were ever named. A law enforcement source said the girl later recanted and said the sex was consensual.

The indictments of Ms. Gorman and Mr. McVey refer to specific actions regarding how they handled the initial allegation.

The indictment against Mr. McVey covers a period from April 5, 2012 through Nov. 19, 2013. He faces two counts of obstruction of justice, a count of tampering with evidence, which are all felonies, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

The indictment does not provide any details or indicate which counts pertain to which incident, and the attorney general’s office will not comment.

His lawyer did not respond to repeated messages.

The indictment against Ms. Gorman, whose husband is vice principal at the high school, says she failed to report child abuse on or about April 12, 2012. Under Ohio law, school officials are mandated to report suspected child abuse even if the claim is not proved. The charge is akin to a summary offense in Pennsylvania.

Her lawyer, Dennis McNamara, said Ms. Gorman heard rumors of a party in early April in which there was sexual activity. He said the extent of her involvement was inquiring of other parents if her son, a high school student, had been there. She was told he wasn’t and left it at that.

Mr. McNamara said his client did not know the details of what happened at the party.

“She was satisfied that what happened was a bad thing, in the sense that there was underage drinking and there was talk about them engaging in sexual activity,” he said. “She didn’t know the age of this girl.”

He said his client was questioned by state agents and then unfairly lumped together with the others accused.

“She’s conscientious,” he said. “She’s offended that anyone would suggest that she does not have the best interests of children at heart.”

The April incident has been known around town, and reported previously by some media outlets, because students referred to it in the aftermath of the August case.

(snipped)

More: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2013/12/13/Newest-charges-in-Steubenville-relate-to-another-alleged-rape-Steubenville-to-arraign-four-in-rape-cover-up/stories/201312130088

Steubenville School Employees Plead Not Guilty

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Four people indicted in connection with an investigation into a teen rape case pleaded not guilty on Friday. Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him: Tampering with evidence, two counts of obstructing justice, falsification and obstructing official business.

McVey’s personal recognizance bond was continued and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Matthew Belardine, who is a former volunteer football coach, also pleaded not guilty. The state filed a motion for a gag order in Belardine’s case, and a pretrial was set for Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. His personal recognizance bond remains in place.

Belardine is charged with four counts: allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, falsification and contributing to delinquency of a minor.

Lynnett Gorman, principal of West Elementary School, waived her right to appear in court and pleaded not guilty via a written statement presented by her attorney. She is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district.

Of the six people indicted by the special grand jury, Gorman is the only person to request a speedy trial. Her trial is scheduled for Jan. 7 and is expected to last one day.

Seth Fluharty also did not appear in court and waived his right to appear. He also pleaded not guilty via a written statement and his pretrial is set for Jan. 17.

Hannah Rhinaman’s trial is set for Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. The trial for her father, William Rhinaman, was not scheduled on Friday and will be set at a later date.

William Rhinaman was indicted on four counts. He was the Steubenville City Schools’ director of technology, then was placed on administrative leave after his indictment and later retired from his position.

William Rhinaman has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury. All of the charges were related to his position at Steubenville City Schools.

Hannah M. Rhinaman was indicted by the grand jury on Oct. 23 and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft. DeWine previously said Hannah Rhinaman’s charges “are not directly related to the rape, but the grand jury came across this evidence and issued the indictment.” DeWine said the charges against her are related to incidents that happened at Steubenville City Schools.

McVey, Gorman and Fluharty were all put on paid administrative leave on Nov. 25 after DeWine announced their indictments. On Dec. 4, the school board returned Gorman and Fluharty to their positions.

All six people were indicted by a special grand jury. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the grand jury in March after two teens — Trenton Mays and Ma’lik Richmond — were convicted of raping another teen in Jefferson County.

The panel of 14 jurors reviewed evidence and heard testimony as part of a state-level investigation into other possible crimes connected to the original case. Since first meeting in April, they heard from 123 witnesses.

A visiting judge found Mays and Richmond delinquent of raping a teenage girl in August 2012. Mays and Richmond were student-athletes at Steubenville High School at the time of the crimes.

Immediately after the two teens were sentenced, DeWine called for the grand jury to be an “investigative tool” to probe other claims and questions that have dogged the case, such as whether anyone else knew about the rape and failed to report it.

DeWine said during the course of the investigation of the rape, 16 witnesses, both adults and teens, were uncooperative.

http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/steubenville-school-employees-plead-not-guilty-2508.shtml

More charges coming from second rape alleged in Steubenville

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BY TORSTEN OVE
BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Largely lost in the media crush following the indictments of school officials in the Steubenville rape case is the fact that several charges involve allegations of a second rape during another drunken teen party four months before the one that drew worldwide scrutiny to the Ohio Valley town.

School employees, including Superintendent Mike McVey, will be arraigned Friday along with others indicted in the aftermath of the August, 2012 rape by two high school football players.

Some charges pertain to attempts to cover up the sexual assault of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, both of whom were convicted.

But the charge against elementary school principal Lynnett Gorman, and at least some of the counts against Mr. McVey, involve their response to an April, 2012 incident in which a 14-year-old girl said she was raped by a group of baseball players at a coach’s house.

The girl and her mother first made the complaint to the sheriff’s office in Jefferson County in September 2012, after the investigation had begun into the August rape. Sheriff Fred Abdalla turned the matter over to Steubenville police, who referred it to the attorney general’s office.

In March, after a judge convicted the two football players, a special grand jury was impaneled to investigate any evidence of a cover-up surrounding both incidents, said Dan Tierney, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.

He would not describe the April incident any further, but no suspects were ever named. A law enforcement source said the girl later recanted and said the sex was consensual.

The indictments of Ms. Gorman and Mr. McVey refer to specific actions regarding how they handled the initial allegation.

The indictment against Mr. McVey covers a period from April 5, 2012 through Nov. 19, 2013. He faces two counts of obstruction of justice, a count of tampering with evidence, which are all felonies, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

The indictment does not provide any details or indicate which counts pertain to which incident, and the attorney general’s office will not comment.

His lawyer, Charles Bean, did not respond to repeated messages.

The indictment against Ms. Gorman, whose husband is vice principal at the high school, says she failed to report child abuse on or about April 12, 2012. Under Ohio law, school officials are mandated to report suspected child abuse even if the claim is not proved. The charge is akin to a summary offense in Pennsylvania.

Her lawyer, Dennis McNamara, said Ms. Gorman heard rumors of a party in early April in which there was sexual activity. He said the extent of her involvement was inquiring of other parents if her son, a high school student, had been there. She was told he wasn’t and left it at that.

Mr. McNamara said his client did not know the details of what happened at the party.

“She was satisfied that what happened was a bad thing, in the sense that there was underage drinking and there was talk about them engaging in sexual activity,” he said. “She didn’t know the age of this girl.”

He said his client was questioned by state agents and then unfairly lumped together with the others accused.

“She’s conscientious,” he said. “She’s offended that anyone would suggest that she does not have the best interests of children at heart.”

The April incident has been known around town, and reported previously by some media outlets, because students referred to it in the aftermath of the August case.

Michael Nodianos, whose YouTube rant mocking the 16-year-old victim of the August rape became state’s evidence and made him a pariah, joked about it drunkenly in his video.

“You thought it was bad when the girl got raped at Palooza,” he said. “This is worse.”

Palooza is the nickname for the home of Joe Pierro, the high school baseball coach, who was out of town when the April party was held.

The party occurred heading into the Easter weekend, but the date isn’t clear. Steubenville police reports don’t provide a date other than early April. Students tweeted about it on Easter and in the next few days, just as they did after the August rape.

Some of those April tweets have since made their way online and into the media.

One student said he was “glad I wasn’t involved in all that sick [expletive].” Another said, “It wasn’t rape they were just making love!!”

Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons, who represents the 16-year-old rape victim and the 14-year-old girl, said he could not comment.

Others indicted in the case are Seth Fluharty, a wrestling coach; Matt Belardine, a former volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of the August party; and William Rhinaman, director of technology for the school district.

Mr. Fluharty is accused of failing to report suspected child abuse, the same charge Ms. Gorman faces, in regard to the August rape.

Mr. Belardine is charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, falsification and contributing to delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanors, also in regard to the August case.

Mr. Rhinaman, who had been indicted earlier, is charged with felony counts of tampering with evidence, perjury and obstructing justice and a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.

His daughter, Hannah, was also indicted on unrelated theft charges uncovered during the course of the grand jury probe.

All six are scheduled to appear Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Mr. McVey, Ms. Gorman, Mr. Fluharty and Mr. Belardine will all be arraigned. The Rhinamans have already been arraigned and will appear for pre-trial hearings.
http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2013/12/12/More-charges-coming-from-second-rape-alleged-in-Steubenville.html#IYbwkEzDzqrd54V3.99

Adults must be held accountable in Steubenville rape case: Mike DeWine

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The lesson of Steubenville is not just that rape is a horrible crime of violence. It also represents blurred, stretched, and distorted boundaries of right and wrong. It started out being about the kids, but it is just as much about the adults, writes Mike DeWine.(Michael D. McElwain, Herald-Star via AP)

 

By Guest Columnist/cleveland.com on December 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM, updated December 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

 For over a year, the eyes of the world have been fixed on Steubenville, Ohio, the small river town where two juvenile stars of the Big Red high school football team were adjudicated delinquent for raping a 16-year-old girl during a night of parties awash in alcohol.

 What happened in Steubenville is not unique. It happens all across America. Teenagers and alcohol-fueled parties. Absent adults. Bad decisions. Acts of violence.

And cellphones to capture and record all of it.

What makes the case in Steubenville unique is, in large part, the central role of social media — both the use and abuse of it. Teenagers sent appalling and shocking text messages and tweets about the victim and the rape. One of the juvenile defendants took photos of the naked victim and then texted them to friends. And a breathtakingly insensitive video joking about the crime went viral on YouTube.

Ironically, social media was key to the victim piecing together the events of that night, as she was heavily intoxicated, had passed out and had no memory of the rape itself. But, at the same time, social media revealed a huge cultural problem — made abundantly clear through more than 700,000 text messages reviewed in the case — with how these young people view sexual assault and how they treat each other.

Among some, there is a stunning casualness about rape and about sex, in general. As a particularly strident young man tweeted the night of the Steubenville rape, “Song of the night is definitely ‘Rape Me’ by Nirvana.” He went on to tweet in reference to the victim, “RIP to the person that died. You went out doin’ it big. … There is a dead body in the ‘ville and people don’t care.”

People do care. Rape is not a recreational activity. It is not OK. As a society, we have an obligation to change this cavalier attitude and do more to educate our young people. We need to teach young people what rape is and do more to prevent victimization.

But the lesson of Steubenville is not just that rape is a horrible crime of violence. While this began as a rape of a 16-year-old girl, it also represents blurred, stretched and distorted boundaries of right and wrong. It started out being about the kids, but it is just as much about the adults. How do you hold the kids accountable if you don’t hold the adults accountable?

A 14-member special grand jury convened after the rape trial. The members listened to 123 witnesses over a seven-month period. The grand jury has now indicted six adults, each presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial. The charges, in connection with the juvenile rape, range from obstruction of justice, falsification of statements, tampering with evidence, failure to report child abuse and neglect, and allowing underage drinking.

What is obvious to anyone following what happened in Steubenville is that a lot of adults failed a lot of kids. Grown-ups provided alcohol to minors. Grown-ups protected some kids at the expense of others. Grown-ups preserved an image over exposing reality.

As parents and as adults, we have an obligation to lead by example. We must teach our kids right from wrong and teach them basic standards of human decency. But in this age of social media and instant communication, a culture of “anything goes” has evolved. Act now, think later, and don’t worry about the consequences. We use our devices to communicate — leaving an electronic barrier that divorces us from shame and from taking responsibility for actions and how those actions affect others.

This mentality of detachment extends far beyond text messages and Facebook or Twitter posts. It’s also about underage drinking and casual sex and lying and disrespect. It is up to the adults to intervene, to set boundaries and, frankly, to act like adults.

The message from the grand jury is clear: People made bad choices, and there are repercussions. There are consequences. There has to be accountability.

What happened here is a lesson for all of us. We must treat rape and sexual assault as the serious crime of violence that it is, and when it is investigated, everyone has an obligation to help find the truth — not hide, tamper with, obstruct, or destroy the truth. And each one of us is accountable for our actions — online or otherwise.

Mike DeWine is the Ohio attorney general. His office investigated and prosecuted the Steubenville rape case.

http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/12/adults_must_held_accountable_i.html#incart_river_default

Does Big Red And Steubenville Have A Perception Problem?

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I was reminded the other day about the Duke soccer Lacrosse coach who had to resign over scandalous rape allegations against his players and when he complained about the charges being baseless – fiction – he was told perception was more important than fact. He got the boot! We know a rape occurred in Steubenville, which makes it different than Duke, but we also know lots of “false facts” were reported by Local Leaks, etc…

Is a “perception problem” afflicting Big Red, the high school and Steubenville? If so, to what degree and what are it’s effects on the community in general.

Herald Star: Santa On Parade

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STEUBENVILLE – A little bit of snow, blue skies, bands playing Christmas music and a waving Santa Claus were all it took for a couple thousand people at the city’s annual parade Saturday to get into the holiday mood.

Ninety units participated in the Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade.

“It is the right thing to do at the right time. It is Christmas, a time of giving,” said college President Laura Meeks.

“We are so grateful to the community for giving to us. We work hard to give back to the students and the community,” she said.

Veterans were honored as the grand marshals, with several military organizations participating at the beginning of the parade.

Judy Bratten of the Steubenville Visitors Center said there was “wonderful cooperation with everyone involved in the parade. She said she was worried about the snow and ice Friday evening but the skies cleared in time for the event.

“There was just enough snow to give the Christmas spirit,” she said.

Jerry Barilla of Historic Fort Steuben worked to get the units ready for the parade down Fourth Street.

“I’m extremely happy the parade went as planned and we had great weather. It is a joyous time to see the community come together at a special time of the year. It brings people together to say ‘hi’ to each other,” Barilla said.

Children with parents and grandparents lined the sidewalks along Fourth Street. Kids were busy scooping up the treats handed out and thrown from the floats.

Alfred Carducci of Steubenville said he liked the candy the best. John Sidoriak of Steubenville said he liked the bands because of the music. Amy Carducci of Steubenville came down to the parade because her daughter is in the Harding Middle School band. Emma Jenkins of Steubenville wanted to see Santa Claus.

Angelina Nolan of Mingo Junction particularly liked the performance by the Brenda Casey Dancers, who performed at Fourth and Market streets prior to the parade beginning.

Vickie Lassan of Follansbee said she enjoys the spirit the parade brings.

“I enjoy seeing the kids come out and have a good time and parents supporting them,” she said. “That is what it is all about.”

The parade featured marching bands from Harding Middle School and Weir, Steubenville and Catholic Central high schools.

Some of the featured floats included the Grand Theater, Historic Fort Steuben, Herald-Star with the Ohio Valley Harmonizers and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Santa Claus, of course, finished up the parade waving to all the good boys and girls.

 

O, Holy Night

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus…

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 Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?“VIRGINIA O’HANLON.”115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.


“VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Father Christmas Flying…

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