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No Contest Plea Expected in Football Rape Case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Attorney General's Office says a volunteer football coach is expected to plead no contest to charges that arose from the investigation into the rape of a girl by two high school football players.
Authorities say the house of defendant Matt Belardine was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the 2012 rape by the Steubenville players.
Attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney says Belardine is expected to plead no contest Tuesday in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking.
Tierney says counts of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child are expected to be dismissed.
A message was left with Belardine's attorney seeking comment.

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