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Teen convicted of rape takes to field for Steubenville

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Ma'lik Richmond participated in scrimmage against Cambridge on Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- A Steubenville High School football player has returned to the field for the first time since serving time in a juvenile detention center for raping a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

WTOV-TV in Steubenville reports Ma'Lik Richmond played with the Big Red football team in a scrimmage Tuesday against Cambridge.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention in March 2013 for raping a West Virginia girl following an alcohol-fueled party. He was given the second-toughest sex offender classification -Tier II - last August. Richmond's codefendant, Trent Mays, must also register as a Tier II sex offender when he's released from detention in 2015.

The school's football coach Reno Saccoccia says Richmond did everything the judicial system asked of him, and he deserves a second chance. An Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesman says it's up to the school to determine whether a student athlete participates.

District officials have yet to return phone messages from The Associated Press.


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