Steubenville Rapist Back Playing High School Football
One of the students convicted in the high-profile rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville is back with the school’s football team just months after being released from a juvenile detention center.
Ma’Lik Richmond, 18, was found delinquent of raping a 16-year-old girl in March of last year and was released from an Ohio detention center in January. In June, an appeals court upheld his sex offender status and Richmond still has to register as a Tier II sex offender every 180 days for the next 20 years.
Now, Richmond is back on the Steubenville roster playing wide receiver.
“I wanted to be shocked, but I think we all knew this was bound to happen,” Alexandria Goddard, the blogger that brought the Steubenville story to national attention, told Buzzfeed. “Steubenville City Schools hasn’t really done a lot in the past two years to prove to the world they don’t tolerate rape culture and allowing a Tier II registered sex offender on the team pretty much solidifies the assumption that they are concerned about wins rather than the safety of young girls or the destruction of rape culture in their area.”
Richmond was sentenced along with teammate Trent Mays. Mays is still serving a two-year sentence.
In May, Steubenville superintendent Michael McVey was also charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, and falsification for actions he took to cover up the case.
In April, football coach Matt Belardine was sentenced to 10 days in jail for making a false statement and for allowing his house to be used for an underage drinking party that led to the rape.
Also in April, wrestling coach Seth Fluharty was sentenced to community service for failing to report the rape.