Gorman trial moved to Wednesday

STEUBENVILLE – The trial for Lynnett Gorman, the Pugliese West Elementary School principal named in a one count misdemeanor indictment regarding failure to report child abuse or neglect, has been moved to Wednesday because of concerns about the weather today.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin today but there were concerns about calling out prospective jurors with the extremely cold temperatures.

A special grand jury called by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine investigating aspects of the Steubenville High School rape case returned the indictment against Gorman and three others.

The charge against Gorman is not directly linked to the Steubenville rape case but rather involves another alleged sexual incident involving a high school student in April 2012.

Attorney Scott A. Longo of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting the Gorman case, while Columbus attorney Dennis McNamara is representing Gorman.

Visiting Summit County retired Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove will preside over the trial, which is expected to last two days.

Longo has issued subpoenas for nine witnesses in the case: Anthony Craig and Mary Craig, both of 3200 Sunset Blvd.; Rachel Colflesh of 314 Braybarton Blvd.; Glenda Jones of the Jefferson County Job and Family Services Department; Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Agents Elio Lorussi, John Shea and Jean Phillipe Rigaud; Christine Ross, BCI analyst; and Joann Gibb, BCI computer forensic specialist.

Longo also is expected to introduce as evidence a recording of an oral statement Gorman made to investigators. Longo in court documents stated there is no written statement from Gorman.

There were no listed subpoenas from McNamara in the court file.