McVey Charges Released

STEUBENVILLE – City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey allegedly deleted computer information – or had others do it – and lied about school investigations into the August 2012 Steubenville rape case, according to information included in a bill of particulars from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

McVey, who has been on leave from his post, was indicted on two counts of obstructing justice and single counts of tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and falsification. The indictment states the alleged acts occurred between April 5, 2012, and Nov. 19, 2013.

Earlier this month, an Aug. 18 trial date was set on the matter during a hearing before Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove. During that hearing, Cosgrove granted a request from McVey’s attorney, Charles Bean, requesting the bill of particulars. The bill states exactly what the prosecution claims is the basis for the indictment.

Angela Canepa, assistant state attorney general, objected to the request, saying 92 gigabytes of information was provided in evidence discovery to Bean. Cosgrove gave the attorney general’s office 20 days to provide the bill of particulars.

According to the bill of particulars released Thursday, the attorney general’s office stated McVey allegedly deleted e-mails and directed others to create records after the fact. He also allegedly created a timeline after the first subpoena was served upon him in a way to hinder, obstruct or mislead the official investigation.

He failed to provide information regarding an investigation the school undertook and misrepresented when he learned of the August 2012 events and lied about the facts surrounding his e-mails, the bill claims.

Bean also wanted the list of people who testified before the special grand jury and transcripts of their testimony to be provided to him and Cosgrove. Bean said he needed that to make sure a witness’ testimony at trial differed from the grand jury.

Canepa objected, saying Bean has been provided with statements and interviews conducted by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents during the investigation. She said those who have testified at the grand jury are suffering repercussions, and witnesses have been told, “you are either with us or against us.” Canepa said there was pressure put on witnesses not to cooperate with the grand jury, either before or after their testimony.

Bean said witness intimidation will be an issue at trial on both sides. Cosgrove made no decision on that motion, saying the court needs to balance the secrecy of the grand jury with the administration of justice.