The Steubenville school district's technology director has retired after being charged with evidence tampering in an investigation about whether other laws were broken in a rape case involving two athletes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Students withholding information about an alleged rape in Steubenville last summer are thwarting investigators, school officials said Thursday as they encouraged students to contact police if they know something.
The Steubenville school board is also expanding programs to raise further awareness of sexual harassment, bullying, date rape and substance abuse in the wake of the alleged incident in August in which two high school football players are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
The district is lining up training programs for faculty, staff, parents and students, with "targeted sessions" for all student-athletes.
"Going forward, we will expand these programs and involve the community with the goal of creating a meaningful dialogue about these difficult issues, how we can deal with them, and how we can prevent them," the board said in a statement.
The statement said officials were troubled to learn police were having difficulty getting cooperation from witnesses.
"By remaining silent, witnesses thwart the work of investigators which may ultimately prevent justice from being served," the statement said.
Earlier this week the district said it was placing unarmed guards at its buildings following a threat of violence that a student received on his Facebook page. The board said Thursday the guards would also be at all extracurricular events.
The district and city have been under scrutiny since the alleged attack over the summer and the arrests and charges against two players. Some question why other students weren't charged, and bloggers and hacker-activists have alleged a cover-up meant to protect the popular football program.
A judge determined after a lengthy hearing in October there was only enough evidence to charge the two students, one of whom is accused of raping the girl in a car, the other in the basement of a house.
At that hearing, a third student testified he took a video with his phone of the alleged attack in the car, while another student testified he took pictures with his phone of the alleged attack in the basement.
oth testified they deleted the images within hours. Prosecutors said at the hearing that the two would have been charged had those images been found.
A grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year charged a woman with theft Wednesday after uncovering evidence of alleged crimes unrelated to the rape.
An eastern Ohio grand jury investigating whether other crimes were broken in the case of a West Virginia girl raped last year has reconvened for at least two days.
An eastern Ohio school employee pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tampering with evidence and three other counts brought by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.
A court hearing is planned for an eastern Ohio school employee charged with tampering with evidence by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year.
An Ohio school employee tampered with evidence beginning on the night of an alcohol-fueled party last year after which two high school football players raped a 16-year-old girl, according to an indictment released Tuesday.
A special grand jury has indicted a Steubenville City Schools employee for obstructing justice in the Steubenville rape case, the Ohio Attorney General's Office announced on Monday.
The grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped in eastern Ohio last year has hit the five-month mark without criminal charges.
One of the two Ohio high school football players convicted this year of raping a 16-year-old girl is appealing his sex-offender classification.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he can't offer a timeline for when a grand jury will finish considering whether other crimes might have occurred in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.