One of the young males who was convicted of the rape of a 16-year-old girl in the town of Steubenville in Ohio is back in school. The young juvenile was found delinquent, and he and his friend were sentenced to juvenile detention. However, as the young man is finding out, people are not willing to forgive and forget that easily when you have been convicted of a sex offense.
The young man, Malik Richmond, is back in school after serving his time at the juvenile detention facility. He's also back to playing football. However, Malik is not being left alone by the local media, which has been hounding him, showing up at his rehearsals and games. Footage of him at games is being uploaded on the Internet, where outraged netizens are clearly indicating their disapproval that the young man is back in school after being convicted of a crime. The fact that Richmond has served his sentence for the crime, and has paid his dues does not seem to matter to these netizens, who believe that he should never be allowed to play football again.
The kind of consequences that a person who has been convicted of a sex offense faces even after serving out his sentence, are clear to see in the kind of treatment Richmond has been receiving since he was released from the facility. Such treatment is not uncommon however. Very often, sex offenders, who have served out their sentences, and are attempting to integrate into society, find the process even more difficult, because of widespread prejudice against persons convicted of such crimes.
In Richmond’s case, there was a crime which was investigated, and Richmond was convicted and served out his time. There is no reason why he should not allowed back on the school team, but as San Jose criminal defense attorneys and persons convicted of these offenses often see, the penalties for sex crimes often continue for much longer after the sentence has been served.