An Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesman says it's up to the school to determine whether a student athlete participates

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- A former eastern Ohio high school football player has returned to the field for the first time since serving time in a juvenile detention center for raping a 16-year-old girl in August 2012.

WTOV-TV in Steubenville (http://bit.ly/1lSi5IV) reports Ma'Lik Richmond played with the Steubenville High School football team in a scrimmage Tuesday against Cambridge.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in March 2013 for raping the West Virginia girl following an alcohol-fueled party. He was given the second-toughest sex offender classification -Tier II - last August.

The school's football coach Reno Saccoccia says Richmond did everything the judicial system asked of him, and he deserves a second chance.

An Ohio High School Athletic Association spokesman says it's up to the school to determine whether a student athlete participates.

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