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Web Watch: Steubenville high school employee facing charges in rape case

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -

It was the crime that shocked the city of Steubenville, Ohio, and the nation. Images of an unconscious teen girl who had been raped by high school football players went viral.

Those two teens were convicted back in March of raping the 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party.

The case captured national attention when groups took up the cause. One of the most profiled was those groups associated with the hacker-organization Anonymous. The group and activists accused adults in the city of covering up the crime to protect the football team.

This week, the first adult has been charged in association with the case.

The adult was the school's information technology employee.

Fifty-three-year-old William Rhinaman faces four charges including tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and perjury.

The grand jury's indictment provides few specifics, but it does say he started tampering with evidence on Aug. 11, 2012.

That is the night of the parties and the point at which texts, cellphone images and other accounts of the rape first surfaced, then quickly disappeared.

If convicted, Rhinaman could spend more time behind bars than either of the two teens convicted of the rape itself.

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