TODAY   |  November 26, 2013

School officials indicted in Ohio rape case

Three adults, including the superintendent and wrestling coach at Steubenville High School, have been indicted in a rape case involving high school football players. NBC’s Jim Yang reports.

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>> developments in an explosive case of rape involving high school football players in stuebenville ohio. here's john yang with the story.

>> reporter: the attorney general announced four new indictments following an inquiry of a cover up of the rape of a 16-year-old.

>> we're trying to hold adults accountable. that's what this is about.

>> reporter: the school superintendent michael mcvey faces the most serious charges. felony counts of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence. the high school coach stands charged with failing to report child abuse . former volunteer assistant coach is charged with allowing underage drinking. and the principal is charged with failing to report child abuse but that's from an earlier accusation of rape of a 14-year-old which came to light after the high profile accusations.

>> this began with a rape of a 16-year-old girl. a horrible crime of violence. but it also represents blurred, stretched and distorted boundaries of right and wrong.

>> reporter: in march, two 17-year-old star high school football players were convicted of the rape. protestors said officials were trying to protect the city's beloved high school football team known as big red . late monday the stuebenville cool board put them on paid administrative leave. efforts to reach all three indicted in connection with the case were unsuccessful. at his news conference, he had a stern message for parents and educators.

>> it's up to the adults to set boundaries. it's up to the adults to teach the kids right from wrong.

>> reporter: a message he said applies not only to the ohio river city of stubenville but all across the country. for today, john yang , nbc news, chicago.