Volunteer coach found guilty, will serve jail time

Case involves rape of West Virginia girl at party.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Apr 23, 2014

One of the defendants indicted by the Steubenville special grand jury on charges related to the August 2012 rape of a West Virginia girl will serve jail time after he was found guilty Tuesday.

Matthew Belardine, of Steubenville, was found guilty Tuesday by Visiting Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove after Belardine pleaded no contest to one count each of Underage Persons Offenses Concerning (“beer or intoxicating liquor”) and Falsification, both misdemeanors of the first degree. Judge Cosgrove sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of community control, and 40 hours of community service. Belardine was also fined him $1,000, $500 for each count.

Belardine was indicted on the charges in November 2013 by the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed surrounding the Steubenville rape case. The charges relate to the August 2012 party held at Belardine’s home which was attended by the suspects and victim in the rape case. Belardine was a former volunteer football coach at Steubenville High School and the only adult present at the August 2012 party.

Belardine’s case is the fourth case to be resolved among the six individuals indicted by the special grand jury. Michael McVey has a motion hearing scheduled for May 5, and William Rhinaman had a pretrial hearing scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

Comments

luvblues2

10 days for the rape of a teen that was published on all types of social media. In his house, with his alcohol.

Really? They postponed this tragic event in the courts for so long it has now become almost irrelevant.

What a crock of BS. Those videos are still all over the internet. She can never forget this even though "she was dead", according to one who thought it was so funny.