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Charge Dismissed Against Principal Indicted by Grand Jury in Steubenville Rape Case

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Charges have been dismissed against Lynett Gorman, one of the people indicted by the special grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case.

The charges are officially dismissed as of June 1, 2014, on the condition that Gorman meets the terms of the agreement.

The West Elementary principal was originally indicted on charges of failing to report child abuse or neglect after allegedly receiving information about a party in April of 2012, where the rape took place and went unreported until September 2012.

In an agreement between the state and the defense, Gorman must complete 40 hours of community service and speak with teachers and administrators in the school district about reporting and recognizing child abuse.

Gorman told the court Jan. 8 that she would have acted differently if she could go back to April 2012.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement Wednesday on the agreement in Gorman case:

"The resolution reached today is in the best interests of the Steubenville community as the area continues to heal and move forward," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  "Ms. Gorman will be part of the work that is being done in Steubenville to educate students and school officials about the seriousness of sexual assault and the need to report these incidents.

"We want something positive to come out of this tragedy. 

 "The interests of the community are served by having the principal acknowledge that she should have done things differently.  And, she acknowledges how very important it is to report child abuse and neglect. This will make a difference in the future. The reality is that because the charge was a fourth degree misdemeanor, and she has no prior record, had this case gone to trial, the most that could possibly come out of this is that she would have been sentenced to a short amount of jail time, with no acknowledgement that she did things wrong and no ability to move forward."

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