Man Indicted by Grand Jury Investigating Steubenville Rape Case Begins Jail Sentence
A former Steubenville volunteer football coach will be spending the next 10 days behind bars.
On Friday morning, Matthew Belardine, one of the people indicted by the special grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case, reported to the Jefferson County Justice Center to serve his sentence for lying to police. Belardine was the only adult present at an August 2012 party in which teenagers were drinking. Later that night, a 16-year-old girl was raped by two Steubenville football players.
Earlier this week, he changed his plea from 'not guilty' to 'no contest' to charges of making a false statement and enabling underage drinking, after officials say he knew about the drinking going on and lied to police during the investigation.