Trial set for coach charged after Ohio rape case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A spring trial is set for a former volunteer coach indicted after a grand jury investigation spurred by the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by two Ohio high school football players.

Matthew Belardine is among four people charged with trying to thwart the investigation into the August 2012 Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) rape. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts including making a false statement and contributing to underage alcohol consumption.

Authorities say his home was the scene of the underage drinking party that preceded the rape.

A spokesman for Ohio's attorney general tells the Steubenville Herald-Star (http://bit.ly/1lJ5nNP ) that Belardine's trial is now scheduled for April 22.

The district's superintendent, technology director and a wrestling and conditioning coach also have pleaded not guilty to charges against them.

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Information from: Herald-Star, http://www.hsconnect.com

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