Woman charged with theft by Ohio rape grand jury
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says a theft and receiving stolen property indictment issued by a grand jury has nothing to do with the rape case the panel is investigating.

The Steubenville grand jury is looking into allegations other crimes were committed in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the panel charged Heather Rhinaman after uncovering evidence of a crime.

DeWine said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Rhinaman is accused of stealing equipment from the Steubenville city schools and selling it.

DeWine says it's not uncommon for grand juries investigating one set of allegations to come across unrelated crimes.

Rhinaman's father, William Rhinaman, is the Steubenville schools' technology director. He has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and other charges related to the rape case.

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