No contest plea expected in football rape case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players is expected to plead no contest to charges that arose from an investigation into the rape.

Attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney says defendant Matt Belardine (BELL'-ahr-deen) 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.