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Excerpt: "Ma'Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team."

Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond. (photo: Keith Srakocic/AP)
Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond. (photo: Keith Srakocic/AP)


Convicted Steubenville Rapist Playing Football Again

By WTRF

12 August 14

 

a'Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.

Richmond was found delinquent of raping a 16-year-old girl in March 2013, and must register as a Tier II sex offender every 180 days for 20 years.

Richmond was released from an Ohio Juvenile Detention Center on January 6, 2014, and in June of this year, the 7th District Court of Appeals upheld his sexual offender classification. Richmond and his attorney had originally fought to have that sex offender classification dropped, but the Court of Appeals felt otherwise. 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.

When reached for comment, Jefferson County Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. said, "There's no law against it that states he can't play. There's no OHSA rules that they'd be violating, then I think the boy should be allowed to play. Malik Richmond has done everything the court has asked him since he's been sentenced."

Interim Superintendent Melinda Young says part of the current athletic policy states that any student convicted of a felony will be suspended for one calendar year.

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+22 # fredboy 2014-08-13 06:12
Ohio loves football far more than justice.
Kid should have been banned from sports for life.
We are talking about rape, one of the most vicious, dangerous, demeaning and perverse crimes on the planet.
"There's no law against" his returning to school and the team is bullshit. There SHOULD be a law against it, if Ohio cared about victims.
Disgraceful. But no surprise.
 
 
+13 # myungbluth 2014-08-13 07:15
Hey! This is AMERICA! We can't let a little thing like rape stand in the way of FOOTBALL. Come on! We're talking about FOOTBALL! And watch how the crowd cheers when the rapist takes the field!!! Count on it.
 
 
+2 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-08-13 07:42
i.e., being a Priest of Football gives you Benefit of Clergy.
 
 
+9 # bmiluski 2014-08-13 09:18
The fact that the COACH allowed this rapist to play on his team sums it all up.
All through their sports lives (starting in grade school) boys that are athletically inclined are treated differently. They are given allowances by parents, teaches and coaches for their behavior and here-in lies the problem. Rather then being punished for unacceptable behavior, they are given a free pass because they can run faster, pass a ball better and sink more baskets thus helping their schools win games. Which is so much more important than morality.

Parents, teachers and coaches are to blame for that rape. And the coach that allowes Richmond to play on his team is to blame for further rapes by athletes.
 
 
-11 # scribe 2014-08-13 09:47
I never fail to be appalled by the lynch mob mentality that prevails in the US today, even amongst alleged progressives. This case was trumped up because the victim was white and a black male (Richmond) was involved. There was no hint of a charge until the girl's father complained about the presence of Richmond and the implication that his drunken little princess had been soiled by contact with a black man. If you don't believe me actually look into the facts of this case. If Richmond were an inner city youth accused of a crime the same people calling for his head would be calling for his release and there would be rallies on his behalf.
 
 
+3 # Juliajayne1 2014-08-13 12:57
Yeah, you're full of crap.
 
 
+4 # StuBones1960 2014-08-13 13:54
Scribe, there were white kids and black kids involved. My reaction would be just angry with a white kid.
 
 
+7 # StuBones1960 2014-08-13 13:55
The girl's drinking is not an invitation.
 
 
+7 # Eliza D 2014-08-13 14:01
What a cruel outcome for the victim. It is outrageous that the rapist goes back to business as usual while her life is changed forever. My prayers are with her as well as for change in our unjust justice system.
 

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