Volunteer coach found guilty of lying in Steubenville rape case

A volunteer coach whose house was used for the wild party in Steubenville where a girl ended up getting raped in 2012 was found guilty on Tuesday of lying.

Matthew Belardine pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges that stemmed from lying to police and allowing underage drinking, reports Reuters. The move means that he didn’t actually admit any guilt in the case.

Instead, pleading no contest means that Belardine agreed to the presented facts against him and the decision goes to the judge to decide guilt in the case.

He initially told authorities he had all the underage drinkers leave when he came home and found his younger sister throwing a party, but later admitted that he actually waited an hour.

The 26-year-old was sentenced by Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine and a year of supervision.

According to The Associated Press, one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child and another charge for obstructing official business were dismissed.

Balardine’s sentence is one of the first to come about as a result of the 2012 case where a girl was raped at a party, but the high school football players were initially protected and an effort was made by some adults to cover it all up.

A Steubenville City Schools superintendent, former director of technology, elementary school principal and wrestling coach were also indicted by a grand jury in connection with the case. Two high school football players were tried as juveniles and found guilty.

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