Ohio high school tech employee pleads not guilty to charges in grand jury rape investigation

An eastern Ohio school employee has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and other charges brought by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Steubenville schools technology director William Rhinaman entered the plea during Wednesday's court hearing in Jefferson County. He also asked for a public defender, saying he doesn't know whether he'll be paid while on leave following his arrest this week.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman also faces charges of obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Prosecutors haven't outlined specific allegations against Rhinaman. He left jail after a judge released him on his own recognizance.

A judge convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the West Virginia girl after a party last year.