Nothing says “we don’t need no danged ol’ accountability here” like allowing educators charged with failing to report child abuse to be back in a position to keep a watchful eye out for the safety of children. *sarcasm* If the residents of Steubenville want to figure out why the world looks down at their town with an air of disgust, they should be asking their school board what the heck they were thinking by allowing individuals who are accused of failure to report child abuse to be allowed back to work overseeing the safety and well-being of school children.
Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 11:15 AM EST By: NEWS9
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Two Steubenville City Schools employees who were indicted by a special grand jury have been permitted to return to work. The school board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions effective Dec. 9., according to a news release from the district.
On Wednesday, the Steubenville Board of Education released the following statement:
“After learning that three School District employees were indicted by a special grand jury convened by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Board of Education of Steubenville City Schools placed the indicted employees on administrative leave. After review with legal counsel and Ohio professional organizations the Board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions as of December 9, 2013. The two employees have good work records and are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Board has no information about the evidence leading to these charges, and any questions about the charges or the criminal investigation should be directed to the office of the Ohio Attorney General.
Our primary focus is on making sure the School District is able to conduct the business of educating our students.” Superintendent Mike McVey Gorman and Fluharty were all put on paid administrative leave on Nov. 25 after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced their indictments.
Gorman, principal of West Elementary School, is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Fluharty is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He is a wrestling coach at Steubenville High School and elementary school teacher.
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Earlier this year, the Limberios family through their attorneys, Dan and Lauren McGookey, asked me for assistance in bringing Jake’s case to the public. Through the use of social media and the persistence of Jake’s family and ardent supporters, that has happened. I am thrilled to see that Dr. Phil is covering the Jake Limberios case. This case deserves national attention not only to find the truth about what happened that night, but also to elicit change in the way county coroners handle crime scene investigations and the ability to legally appeal questionable decisions.
Jake’s death was ruled a suicide by the Sandusky County Coroner’s Office having never been to the crime scene, nor did they perform an autopsy until months after his death. Jake’s parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios actually had to hire forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a separate autopsy. Dr. Wecht determined the cause of death as homicide. Months later, the county coroner’s office decided to exhume Jake a second time to perform an autopsy that should have been done from the onset.
This case has been filled with twists and turns over the past 2 years. Recently, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stepped in to appoint special prosecutors and to empanel a special grand jury to review the facts of the case.
Part 1 of Dr. Phil aired yesterday. Brittany Bowers and William Lewis were two of the three people with Jake when he was shot and killed on March 2, 2012. They appeared as guests on the show with the Limberios’. They also agreed to submit to lie detector tests.
Part two of the “Dr. Phil” show about the death of Jacob Limberios will reveal the results of lie-detector tests taken by two witnesses who saw him die.
The Sandusky Register has provided EXCELLENT coverage of this case and is a valuable source of information for additional facts regarding Jake’s case. I will be tuning in today to hear the results of the lie detector tests. From Dr. Phil’s site:
“I just feel I got set up to do this … this is for TV right.”
Later she looks away from Dr. Phil, tilts her head up and back and seems to be talking to Jacob after Dr. Phil appears to read her the results of a lie detector test.
“Jacob, why are you doing this to me? Why?” Brittany asks in the promo for the programs.
Justice for Jake and Ella Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforJakeandElla
Jake Limberios Forum Discussion: http://prinniefied.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7
A lot of people have emailed asking about a forum to discuss the Steubenville case. I have set one up for those interested. I will try to post news related items regarding the case. I’ve been really busy lately – and have had little time to really devote to writing or updating the blog.
Hats off to Roxine Behrens for sharing this and speaking out about it. She also encourages others to question where was the card for Jane Doe?
If you are equally as angered, the contact information follows:
Mark Masloski at (740) ***** or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timothy Daugherty email@example.com
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October 23, 2013
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Eve Mueller: 614-466-3840
Second Indictment Issued by
Steubenville Special Grand Jury
(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a second indictment has been issued in the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.
Hannah M. Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on the following counts:
- Two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, a fifth degree felony
- One count of Grand Theft, a fifth degree felony
The charges against Hannah Rhinaman are related to incidents that occurred at Steubenville City Schools. However, the charges are separate and unrelated to the previous indictment issued against her father, William Rhinaman, on October 7.
If convicted on all counts, Hannah Rhinaman could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
The grand jury adjourned today until a future date to be determined.
Continue reading Second Indictment Issued by Steubenville Special Grand Jury
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players last year has issued its first indictment, charging a school employee with interfering with a criminal matter.
The indictment announced Monday by Attorney General Mike DeWine charges William Rhinaman with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.
Rhinaman, of Mingo Junction, was arrested Monday afternoon after the charges from Friday’s indictment were made formal, DeWine said. Rhinaman, 53, was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.
Continue reading First Indictment Handed Down in Steubenville Case
Several months ago the Limberios family came to me to help them get information about their son’s case out. I was glad to help and things are picking up speed, although sometimes the wheels of justice do not turn as fast as we would hope. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is involved and a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case. However, the Limberios family is trying to get national attention on Jake’s case and the poor investigation conducted by Sandusky County.
Don’t forget to mail out your letter’s tomorrow! Addresses are:
1. John Walsh
Po Box Crime TV
Washington, D.C 20016
2. Nancy Grace
1 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
3. Dr. Phil
5482 Wilshire Blvd. #1902
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Once again the Limberios family is very Thankful for everyone help and effort during this time.
Continue reading Limberios Family Letter Writing Campaign
If you have ever wondered why the kids in Steubenville behaved the way they did, all it takes is one look at the adults in town who are on Twitter. Click the links to read their daily filth.
If you have ever wondered why these kids stood around and did nothing or bullied the victim in the following days – all it takes is one look at the behavior of the adults who coddle them. Like this from Twitter user Judicious1_. I am a German national. My grandparents were forced to fight in the war and my aunt risked her life helping Jews flee the country to safety. THIS is what the scourge of Steubenville finds entertaining. Now you know why their kids behaved worse than a pack of rabid animals.
From the bigots of Steubenville.
Continue reading Steubenville: Roll Red Role Models
I was contacted by the family attorney for 19-year old Jacob Limberios of Sandusky County, Ohio about the shoddy investigation by law enforcement, and the absolute failure of the county coroner to (1) even go to the home where Jake died, and (2) the refusal to autopsy Jake to determine a cause of death. Rather than doing so, Jake’s death was ruled a suicide by accident. Jacob died from a gunshot to the head in Sandusky County on March 2, 2012. Three friends were present and stated that Jake put the gun to his head when he was on the phone and pulled the trigger, even though he knew there was still a live round in the .357 magnum. Statements since that time have conflicted, and evidence was allowed to be discarded or not even collected by Sandusky County Sheriff’s. One witness during her statement to law enforcement referred to the incident that night as the “murder”.
Since that time the family through their attorney have desperately tried to get cooperation from county officials to actually investigate the matter and to change the cause of death. County Coroner Dr. John Wukie declared the death a suicide within hours of the death and to this day has refused to change that ruling. One must ask – how do you declare a death anything without actually viewing the body or at the least conducting an autopsy? This case is rife with judicial failures and is one that I feel needs to be brought to a much wider public audience. There is power in numbers and utilizing those numbers for a demand for justice or in the least — that Sandusky County officials do what they are being paid to do by the citizens of their county — INVESTIGATE this case properly.
The Limberios’ were forced to employ the assistance of noted forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht who exhumed Jake’s body and conducted an autopsy. His findings were that there is “incontrovertible forensic scientific proof” that someone else shot Jacob Limberios. Dr. Wecht also stated the the tissue sample had no gunpowder residue in it thus affirming his assertions that Jake could not have shot himself. Someone else did. The deputies on the scene also failed to collect all evidence; namely the bullet that was and is still lodged in the ceiling of the crime scene. They also did not swab the witnesses for gunpowder residue.
“What 10th-grade kid in America wouldn’t say, ‘Let’s see if (the bullet lodged in the ceiling) matches up with the gun?’” Wecht said. “Even a 6-year old boy would say, ‘Let’s see if there were fingerprints left on the gun.’”
“These are basic things,” he said. “There’s nothing special about what I’m saying.”
Wecht also kept tissue samples for the Lucas County Coroner’s office. The Sandusky Register determined that Sandusky County NEVER sent the tissue samples to Lucas County. After this information was made known to Dr. Wuchie and his office, he recently decided that they wanted to exhume Jake’s body to perform an autopsy. Why not examine the tissue samples provided to his office by Dr. Wecht? Why put the family through the heartache of a second exhumation when he has tissue samples available to review without the need for an exhumation? Attorney McGookey filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction to block a second exhumation of Jake.
The Limberios’ family are essentially having to BEG Attorney General Mike DeWine to step in as special prosecutor in this matter so that their son’s death is investigated properly — as it should have been done from day one. They have filed a motion to remove Dean Henry from the case and appoint a special prosecutor because Dean Henry, County Prosecutor is not only the prosecutor on the case at hand, but also represents Dr. Wuchie and others in a civil action filed by the Limberios family. Conflict of interest, anyone?
Ansted and Dewey appointed Henry prosecutor Feb. 5, in an unusual court order both signed without having an assigned case.
Ansted had earlier recused herself from becoming involved in the Limberios investigation, citing a conflict of interest, but she has refused to offer an explanation how that conflict no longer applied in naming Henry to serve as both special prosecutor and defense counsel regarding the killing of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios.
Legal scholars and practicing attorneys have suggested Henry’s dual roles — as prosecutor and defense counsel — presents an obvious conflict of interest that hampers his ability to conduct a competent criminal investigation properly.
The family sent an open letter to Dr. Wuchie and others asking critical questions regarding the investigation which have yet to be answered.
So, what can you do about it? Demand action. Sign the change.org petition and share with your friends and family. Email or telephone Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and tell him to do the right thing by stepping in. This family deserves answers.
This post is going to be short and sweet and one that is not going to address particulars, but one that is hopefully meaningful and provokes thought and ultimately — action. The grand jury begins selection tomorrow and will convene next week. Rather than pointing fingers and accusing others of creating a path of destruction through Steubenville, it is time to let go of the hate and move forward. Nothing good ever comes of holding onto negativity. This can only happen when that one person has the audacity and courage to be the one person standing to create change. The ball is in your court. Healing begins with change.