STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- One of two teenagers convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.
Ma'lik Richmond was found delinquent in March 2013 of raping a 16-year-old girl, and now must register as a Tier II sex offender every 180 days for 20 years. Richmond was released from an Ohio Juvenile Detention Center in January. In June, the 7th District Court of Appeals upheld his sexual offender classification.
Coach Reno Saccoccia has told media outlets that Richmond has done "everything the judicial system of Ohio asked him to do," as well as "everything the school system asked him to do upon his release, both academically and socially." Saccoccia said that the teenager "is one of 55 players that are in good standing with their teammates and their coaches."
A spokesman for the Ohio High School Athletic Association stated: "In matters pertaining to personal conduct in which athletic contests and their related activities are not involved, the school itself is to be the sole judge as to whether the student may participate in athletics."
Judge Thomas Lipps had ruled earlier that his sentence was to be contingent on behavior and rehabilitation while serving. Trent Mays, also convicted in the case, must also register as a Tier II sex offender upon his release.