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Steubenville School Official Accused of Erasing Emails in Rape Case

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Court documents say the superintendent of an Ohio school district where two high school football players were found guilty of rape erased computer hard drives and emails and lied to investigators about the case, The Associated Press reported.

Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the incident at the center of the case: the sexual assault of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two high school football players after a booze-fueled party in August 2012.

The players were found guilty in juvenile court and sent to youth detention. McVey has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McVey is accused of misleading authorities about the school investigation of the rape allegations and of concealing knowledge about rumors of sex and drinking at an earlier teen party, the AP said.

The court documents released Thursday say McVey erased emails and data on computer hard drives, the AP said. The AP said attempts to reach McVey’s attorney were unsuccessful.

In addition to the charges against McVey, a volunteer assistant coach was charged with allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business and making a false statement. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.

Two elementary school principals, one of whom was a strength coach for the football team, were charged with failure to report child abuse but the charges were dropped in return for community service and certain training, the AP said.

The Steubenville schools technology director also was charged with tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.

A city of 19,000 about 40 miles from Pittsburgh, Steubenville and its high-school football team, Big Red, became the center of a firestorm after the rape allegations surfaced.

After charges were brought against the two players, activists questioned why more people weren't charged — including other students who sent photos, videos of texts about the assault, or adults who may have known about it but didn't report it.

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