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Not guilty pleas from officials in Steubenville rape case

Superintendent Michael McVey (Source: WXPI) Superintendent Michael McVey (Source: WXPI)

Four of the six Steubenville School officials were arraigned in Jefferson County Court Friday, after being indicted for charges in connection with the teen rape case that tarnished the small town last year. 

Steubenville School Superintendent Michael McVey faces the most serious charges.   He pled not guilty to five counts, including tampering with evidence.  

It all had to do with the rape of a teenaged girl caught on cell phone video. Players Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were convicted of the crime.  It is alleged McVey hid knowledge of the rape and may have altered paperwork.

Matthew Belardine, a former volunteer football coach, allegedly supplied the booze that the girl and others drank that evening.

The shocker in court involved Lynnett Gorman, a grade school principal.

Investigators looking at the football case say Gorman knew about a baseball players sex with a 14-year-old girl and didn't report it.  Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf to the charge of failure to report child abuse.  Her trial date is set for Jan. 7.

Seth Fluharty, a wrestling coach and teacher, faced the same charge regarding the baseball player.  He also did not appear in court and waived his right to appear.

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