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Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Case is Back on the Team

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 11:21 PM EDT
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STEUBENVILLE (Mary Jedlicka) – A year ago, eastern Ohio was in the national spotlight when a jury found two high school football players guilty of raping a West Virginia girl at a party. Now, one of the boys, Ma’Lik Richmond is back on the football field after serving ten months of his year-long sentence.

Richmond got out of juvenile detention last January.

Steubenville’s head football coach confirms Richmond is back on the field with his teammates. The Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaws say it is up to the school to determine whether or not a student athlete can return to the field, as long as the “personal conduct” in question did not relate to any athletic contests or activities with the school.

Coach Reno Saccoccia says Richmond has done everything the school system has asked him to do, both academically and socially, upon his release. He says some people may think he is giving Richmond a second chance. Coach Saccoccia says “We don’t deal in death sentences for juvenile activity and I just feel that he’s earned a second chance.”

Trent Mays, the second boy convicted in the rape case, is still serving his two-year sentence. He is scheduled to be released in January.Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Case is Back on the Team
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