STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio 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 reports Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage Tuesday.
Richmond received a one-year sentence in March 2013 for raping the West Virginia girl following an alcohol-fueled party. He’s almost must register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.
Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia says Richmond did everything the judicial system asked of him and 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 did not immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press.