Charges dismissed against Ohio school superintendent in rape case

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Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:35 AM

By Elizabeth Daley

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - Prosecutors said they were dropping charges against an Ohio school superintendent, accused of obstruction of justice in a rape case involving a 16-year-old girl, in exchange for his resignation.

Michael McVey, 51, a high school superintendent with Steubenville City Schools has agreed to resign and never accept another position with the district, prosecutors told an Ohio judge on Monday.

McVey was charged in November 2013 with obstruction of justice, evidence tampering, making false statements and obstruction of official business in connection with the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl and another reported sexual assault.

"I am satisfied that he has been held accountable for his actions with this agreement and consider this a just result,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a statement.

After the online posting of a photo and video that appeared to document the assault of the 16-year-old girl, the case drew national attention because of an alleged cover-up and the role of social media.

In March 2013 two high school football players were found guilty as juveniles of assaulting the girl.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Daley; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Bill Trott)