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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Monday, 25 November 2013

School Officials Charged in Cover-up of Steubenville Football Player's Rapes

A grand jury in the US state of Ohio has accused a schools superintendent, two coaches and a principal of breaking the law to protect teenage footballers accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Two members of Steubenville, Ohio's revered high school football team were convicted of sexually assaulting the drunken teenager.

In March they were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile detention.

It was unclear whether the four officials had retained lawyers.

"People need to co-operate with investigations. They need not to hide evidence," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who announced the charges on Monday, said on CNN.

"How can we hold kids accountable if we don't hold adults accountable?"

Schools superintendent Mike McVey, 50, was charged with felony obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, as well as misdemeanour counts of obstructing official business and falsification.

Primary school principal Lynnett Gorman, 40, and assistant wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, 26, were charged with failing to report possible child abuse. Former assistant football coach Matthew Bellardine, 26, was charged with making false statements and contributing to underage alcohol consumption.

In October, William Rhinaman, a technology director for Steubenville schools, was charged with tampering with evidence.

Mr Rhinaman was also charged with lying under oath in connection with the case.

The boys, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, both 17, were sentenced for the rape and related charges in March.

Trent Mays (left) and Ma'lik Richmond (right) were sentenced to a year in juvenile detention for the rape
According to authorities, in August 2012 they left a party with the victim, who was unconscious from drink, and sexually assaulted her in a car and then at a friend's house.

The case came to light via text messages, online videos and social media posts the morning after the rape, attracting nationwide attention.

It caused a sharp divide in Steubenville, an economically depressed former steel town of 18,000 people that had immense pride in its high school football team.

The problem with this case and so many that involve institutions is that those in charge are so protective of their institutions that 'doing the right thing' is weighed against the impact on the institution. When the impact is likely to be significant, morality is thrown out the window. These charges, if they stick, should go a long way toward correcting this evil.

Now, if they would investigate and charge the Bishops and Arch-Bishops who kept pedophiles in the priesthood knowing that they were pedophiles, then we would really be getting somewhere.

Mr DeWine said a grand jury had heard from more than 100 witnesses in the case and that new charges against any additional individuals, including the head football coach, were unlikely.

"We hope that this frankly brings an end to this," he said. "This community needs to move forward."