Investigate roles played by coaches

Critics of the investigation of the rape of a girl last summer in Steubenville charged a cover-up had occurred because the two boys accused were high school football players. Ample reason has been provided to investigate that allegation.

In calling for a grand jury investigation of those who may have hampered prosecutors’ work, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has cited no one by name.

But law enforcement officials have said evidence in a continuing look at the case would include testimony from 27 coaches involved in the Steubenville High School football program.

More disturbing was some testimony in the two boys’ rape trial. It was revealed one sent a text message in the days after the assault, claiming he had discussed the trouble he was in with head football Coach Reno Saccoccia. The message stated Saccoccia “took care of it.”

The implication of that is clear.

Anyone attempting to hamper an investigation is, of course, also guilty of a crime. Coaches who did not do that should welcome scrutiny. Any who did interfere improperly, or who learned of the crime but didn’t report it, should be charged with crimes and fired by the school district.