Steubenville player returns to football team after rape case

In this March 17, 2013 photo, Ma'Lik Richmond walks towards the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. A judge has scheduled a hearing to determine the sex offender classification for Ma'Lik Richmond a high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)
In this March 17, 2013 photo, Ma'Lik Richmond walks towards the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. A judge has scheduled a hearing to determine the sex offender classification for Ma'Lik Richmond a high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool, File)

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.

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