STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville City School District employee accused of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and providing false testimony to a special grand jury investigating if additional crimes were committed related to the Steubenville teen rape case pleaded not guilty this afternoon during his 15-minute arraignment hearing.
William Rhinaman was granted a $25,000 signature personal recognizance bond by visiting retired Summit County Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove.
Rhinaman was released from the Jefferson County jail shortly after the arraignment.
Cosgrove was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to preside over the special grand jury after Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese recused himself from the case.
Rhinaman was indicted Friday and arrested Monday on charges he tampered with evidence, obstructed justice, obstructed official business and perjured himself during a six-month-long special grand jury investigation reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.