Settlement In Wake Of Steubenville Rape Case Focuses On Reporting

Jan 8, 2014

There’s been a settlement in a case involving one of the adults charged in connection with the Steubenville rape case.

Elementary School principal Lynnett Gorman will educate people about rape and will volunteer at a rape crisis center. In exchange, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the misdemeanor charges against Gorman will be dropped. But DeWine says penalties should be increased for school officials and others who are required to report these situations but don’t.

DeWine – Now I would say, in my opinion, the law needs to be toughened some. A fourth degree misdemeanor is the lowest form of misdemeanor yet this is really a serious matter if you are supposed to report child abuse and you don’t report the child abuse. Probably the legislature should look at this and conceivably should increase the penalty and increase the fine.

DeWine says he’s hoping the community service Gorman is assigned to do will underscore the importance for people to report rape or suspected rape in the future. Steubenville made national headlines recently when a teen girl was raped by students during an alcohol infused party.