Transcript for Student Convicted of Rape Returns to Football Team
We'll turn to that case of a small Ohio town that made national headlines. Two high school football players ago. One of those players has served his time and he's now back on the football field and ABC's Alex Perez with the story this morning. Reporter: This morning, 18-year-old ma'lik Richmond is back on the steubenville high school football team after a rape conviction that ignited a national firestorm. His probation officer defending the school's decision allowing him back on the roster. I think the boy should be allowed to play. Ma'lik Richmond has done everything that's been asked of him. Reporter: A judge found Richmond and Trent Mayes guilty last year of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl after a night of alcohol and partying in August of 2012. All: Shame on you. Reporter: The case sparked outrage on social media after this picture went viral. Mayes and Richmond carrying the 16-year-old girl who appears to be unconscious by her hands and feet. This youtube video showing another student who wasn't involved laughing about the incident. She is so raped right now. Reporter: Moments after his conviction, Richmond turned to the family of the victim and begged for forgiveness. I'm sorry to put you guys through this. In an interview for "20/20" before the trial Richmond told ABC's Elizabeth vargas he didn't think it was rape. I didn't rape anybody. I didn't witness a rape going on and if I would have thought that somebody was going raped or anything like that I would have stopped it. Reporter: Richmond sentenced to a year at a juvenile detention center served nearly 10 months and was released in January. And the Ohio high school athletic association says this is a local school decision. We did reach out to steubenville high school for comment but our calls were not returned. Now, under the terms of his release Richmond must register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years. Robin.
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