Teen Found Guilty In Steubenville Rape Case Returns To Football Field

August 15, 2014  |  

Source: AP Images

We all remember the Steubenville rape case that dominated news cycles two years ago. The case, involving two Ohio high school football players, raping a 16 year old girl fueled discussions everywhere as people either argued that the boys, Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were being punished too severely or not nearly enough.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention and Mays, who used his phone to take pictures of the naked, underaged girl was sentenced to two.

But recently, according to the Associated Press, Richmond, having served his time not only was allowed to enter high school again but he donned a school uniform and got right back on the field. He participated in a scrimmage game.

Richmond, who is now 18, is still classified as a Tier II sex offender and will have to register as such, every six months, for the next twenty years. But unlike adult sex offenders, his name won’t be included in publicly accessible websites and based on the trajectory of his rehabilitation he can request to have the classification removed.

Richmond’s football coach, Reno Saccoccia, said Ma’lik returned to school in January and was ineligible to participate in any school activities for the rest of the year. Saccoccia said, it was a horrible crime but he completed everything the judicial system asked of him. He continued, “We don’t deal in death sentences for juvenile activity, and I just feel that he’s earned a second chance.”

The Ohio High School Athletic Association, Tim Stried, says it’s up to each school to determine whether or not a student can participate in sports. Obviously, Steubenville has made their decision.

Richmond’s lawyer, Walter Madison wrote, “Band, debate, and sports teams reinforce critical lessons meant to guide one throughout life.”

What do you think, should Richmond have been punished more severely? Or do you believe since he was a juvenile at the time, he should be allowed to return to his football team?

I’m just saying I know people who have done less and have been completely removed from a school district…

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  • Melissa Carter

    I cannot deal with “boys will be boys” attitudes. THIS is why young girls and women will continue to be violated, and then blamed. Had it been one of their mothers or sisters laying there passed out, would it still have been cool for the others to do what they did? Or would they have been ready to fight…? They knew what they were doing and they knew they were wrong. Answer me how a convicted sex offender gets to set foot on ANY high school campus, let alone a football field. They can “get on with their life” while dealing with the consequences.

  • Bid-Ness

    All these people on here justifying rape saying “He was young and didn’t know what he was doing” I call BULLSHITE! At 16 you are damn well aware that having none consensual sex of any kind with anyone is inappropriate. I knew at 16. All the boys I went to school with knew. There is no excuse. Most of these comments are probably from dudes that feel like it’s perfectly acceptable to diddle a girl while she is passed out and drunk, because if she can’t say no, then it’s all good right? Pathetic. I think he got what he deserved and I think it’s fitting that he has to register as a sex offender because he IS. As far as football goes, whatever. He served his time, he has to register, let him play his stupid foolsball.

    • I’m with you on this one all the way, he knew exactly what he was doing, now guess what your name needs to be on that list. That girl was violated against her will, I’m so over the women and victims being blamed. She was unable to say no because she was passed out drunk and they consciously violated her body and then pictures on top of that. Pay the price that’s what I say, and if you have to be reminded of your actions everyday, then oh well that is your price because you knew damn well what you were doing.

  • soisaid

    everything came out fair and square. everyone involved learned a valuable lesson. let him get on with his life and he will be able to teach his sons what no one bothered to teach him… respect for women no matter what your age is… let the church say amen

  • Trisha_B

    Having to register as a sex offender is a little extreme imo. He was underage when the incident happened. That’s a lot to carry on for the next 20 yrs. How is he suppose to go to college or get a good job w/ that label?

    • C

      Well…actions have consequences. I’m sorry but this wasnt a child that didnt know better. At his age he knew what he was doing and why he was doing it. He knew it wasn’t right to fondle someone who was unconscious. I think his punishment is just. It’s not like he’s spending the rest of his life in prison. He’s going back to school and his status as an offender will not be made public and he can eventually have that title removed. He got off easy compared to some that do things that were less offensive but still have to register as an offender for the rest of their lives.

      • Trisha_B

        I’m not disagreeing that he should be punished for his actions. He did his jail time. But this was 2 years ago. He was like 16 then. You can’t say he fully understood what he was doing b/c he was a child…they said his status wouldn’t be made public, but this article is public isn’t it? Clear as day it states what his status is. A sex offender. All a school or employer has to do is google his name & there goes his application in the trash! He might as well spend more time in jail b/c this info is public & he’s gonna have a hell of a time trying to clean that image up to go to college & get a job. (Or unless his folks got a whole lot of money to clear things up).

        • nik

          You can fully say he knew exactly what he was doing because 16 is not 7. He knew it was wrong and didn’t care. I bet anything that girl is still going through hell because of it as most rape victims do. She was a child too. A younger child in fact. Where’s the sympathy and support for her?

          • Trisha_B

            I have sympathy for the girl. Where did I say I didn’t? I was simply talking about 1 aspect of the whole thing. The irony of them saying his status as a sex offender wouldn’t be made public, but this article is public. But I never talked about the girl, or judged her for what she did. B/c what she did go thru & will be going thru for sometime is horrible. So I’m not understanding your point smh

  • thatguy0101

    Gotta start signing documents when trying to get some nowadays….. when I was young, when a female play that silly mind game “no I dont want to do it” but she really does…. I chuck the dueces… you cant trust all these females…

  • Ok

    Let him get on with his life. He made his mistake and he didn’t know that fingering a drunk girl was rape. He’s paid his dues.

    • Live_in_LDN

      Sexually intefering with someone too drunk to consent or even protest is just a mistake now? How do you spend your weekends?

      • Ok

        Yes, in this case, it is. He was young and honestly did not know any better. Think about it, we, as a society, grow up on “jokes” and different movies that make it seem like drunk sex is not only normal, but consensual. A lot of adults don’t even know that it is a crime. So, why would a young guy (who didn’t even have sex with her) think that fondling her while she was passed out is a crime? He needed to be educated, and he was. I bet he won’t make that mistake again. OAN: My weekends are spent with my husband. We don’t drink, so all sex had is consensual.

        • nik

          Honestly didn’t know any better? A girl is unconscious in a basement, being dragged around and people are raping her and filming it and taking pictures. Everyone knows better than to rape someone. You stick something inside of someone else when they’re completely unconscious and you don’t know that’s not okay? There was a video of the guys joking and laughing about “how totally raped she was. So raped” and how they thought she was dead and then they laughed. Because they knew it was wrong and they didn’t care and got pleasure from it. They knew and you should stop trying to paint them as innocent children because 16 is old enough to know right from wrong and if someone doesn’t know that sticking things inside of someone else is without a doubt a 100% wrong, they don’t deserve to be on the streets, let alone back in uniform resuming life as if nothing has happened when the girls life has completely changed.

      • guest

        I don’t think they know about how Stebeville looks at rape as the boy fingered her, no excuses but we need to remember the severity of it.

    • thatguy0101

      I agree.. thats what I think happen, she was drunk, she was h**ny and want to but didnt know what was going on, or who exactly was participating… come to find out she got trained….. that kinda shocked her and she cried rape…. smh sad situation. I was a prime student-athlete in both high school and college, I’ve seen this happen many times…

      • Ok

        Well, I don’t think that was the case for her. It may have started out that way, but she eventually passed out before anything happened. So, the guys took pictures and one fondled her, but no one actually had sex with her.

      • nik

        Sounds like you may have participated too.

      • Chanell

        You’re absolutely disgusting. Victim blaming is repulsive, and you commented on the topic like it’s regular everyday life for you! Video doesn’t lie. A young girl was violated, raped, and scarred for life. The kind of rhetoric you’re using to lessen the gravitas of that event is deplorable. You should be ashamed. Hopefully, you don’t have daughters…..

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