STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin for an ex-school worker charged with stealing equipment in a case that arose out of an investigation into an eastern Ohio rape.
The charges facing Hannah Rhinaman are not related to the assault on the West Virginia girl in 2012 but were turned up by a grand jury investigation into other laws broken in the rape case.
Rhinaman has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and receiving stolen property. She is accused of stealing school equipment and selling it.
Her trial before special judge Patricia Cosgrove was scheduled to begin Wednesday. Rhinaman's attorney has asked that she be allowed to enter a diversion program instead of being prosecuted.
Two Steubenville high school football players were convicted last March of raping the 16-year-old girl.