Ma’Lik Richmond, a teenage football player who was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in March 2013, is reportedly now back on the roster of his Ohio high school’s football team.
Richmond was sentenced to one year in a juvenile facility for the crime, though his sentence also depended on rehabilitation and his behavior, according to The Wire. He was released in January this year from an Ohio detention center.
Richmond must register as a sex offender every 180 days for 20 years as part of his sentence. Another teenager, Trent Mays, was also convicted in the rape case, and must register as a sex offender, according to wtrf.com.
When he was released from the detention facility earlier this year, the teen’s lawyer Walter Madison released a statement heralding Richmond for his courage and for overcoming such hardship after being convicted.
“The past sixteen months have been extremely challenging for Ma'Lik and his extended family. At sixteen years old, Ma'Lik and his family endured hardness beyond imagine for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life,” the statement read.
Sexual assault cases in college and at lower levels of education have gained national attention in the past year, with numerous campaigns launching across the country to try to combat problems at universities and an alleged “rape culture” covered up or ignore by school officials.
In this case, three adults were also allegedly involved in the case and accused of tampering with evidence or trying to cover up the incident, according to The Wire.
Source: WTRF.com, The Wire