COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two family members have been charged with breaking laws in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl following a new indictment handed down in eastern Ohio on Wednesday.
Hannah Rhinaman, 20, is accused of theft and receiving stolen property in alleged crimes dating to Aug. 20, 2012, just after the girl was raped by two Steubenville High School football players, according to the indictment.
A second count of receiving stolen property accuses Rhinaman, of Mingo Junction near Steubenville, without details of wrongdoing for all of 2012.
The charges involve things that happened at Steubenville City Schools, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement. He said they are separate from charges filed against Rhinaman's father, William Rhinaman, the schools' technology director, earlier this month.
It was unclear if Hannah Rhinaman has an attorney. Her home phone was not working Wednesday. Mike McVey, the Steubenville schools superintendent, said in an email he had just learned of the indictment.
In April, investigators searched Steubenville High School and the local school board offices.
A chief issue before the grand jury has been whether adults such as coaches or teachers were aware of the rape but failed to report it as required by law.
The 14-member panel met Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning before adjourning, said Dan Tierney, a DeWine spokesman. No date was set for another meeting.
William Rhinaman, also of Mingo Junction, has pleaded not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.
DeWine announced the grand jury March 17, the day a judge convicted the players of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party following a football scrimmage the previous August.
Technology played an important role in the rape case. Photos of the girl taken the night of the rape were introduced at trial, as were numerous texts sent back and forth by students, including the victim and one of the attackers. An infamous YouTube video filmed by a student who had witnessed the rape featured a student not involved in the attack as he mocked the girl.
Hacker activists later used social media unsuccessfully to put pressure on authorities to charge other football players.