Steubenville teen returns to football team after rape case

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 that 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 also 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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