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Teen convicted in Steubenville rape joins YSU football team

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A former high school football standout that made national headlines for his part in the rape of a 16-year-old girl back in 2012 has now joined the Youngstown State football team.

The University's Sports Information Director confirms that Ma'Lik Richmond enrolled at YSU in 2016 and then joined the Penguin football team in January 2017. Richmond is a walk-on player for the team's defensive line.

Richmond is one of two Steubenville High School football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in August 2012 during an alcohol-fueled party.

Richmond received a one year sentence in March of 2013 for the crime.

In 2014, after Richmond was released from juvenile detention he rejoined the Steubenville Football Team. At the time, the school's decision to let a convicted rapist play back onto the team triggered community concern.

According to our print partner, The Vindicator, Richmond's status as a sex offender was downgraded from a tier-two to a tier-one sex offender in November 2014. He has to register his address with the appropriate sheriff's office. Only tier-three offenders require notification to nearby residents.

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