Steubenville Assailant Is Back On His High School Football Team

Remember when two teenaged boys from Steubenville High School were sentenced for sexual assaulting a 16-year-old girl and all CNN could do was mourn about how these two boys’ lives were “destroyed”? It was a rather disgusting display of where some people’s priorities lie: as the judge rendered a guilty verdict towards two young sexual abusers, CNN’s Poppy Harlow lamented, “These two young men — who had such promising futures, star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”

Well, good news, everyone who felt bad someone screwed up his “promising future” by sexually assaulting a fellow human being: 18-year-old Ma’Lik Richmond is back to playing on his high school football team.

Richmond served one year in juvenile detention in Ohio and was released (three months early!) this January. He also has to register as a sex offender every 180 days for the next 20 years. (The other boy, Trent Mays, is still serving out his sentence.)

Apparently, being a registered sex offender is not enough to keep someone off the Steubenville High School football team! I’m actually surprised Richmond was even allowed to re-enroll at the school. How do parents and fellow classmates feel about having a convicted sex offender in their midst? (And to have the football coach who didn’t report the sexual assault given a renewed, two-year contract on top of it?)

I guess in Steubenville, football is more important than people.

[Huffington Post]

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