Trent Mays – the former Steubenville High School football player who was convicted in the 2012 rape of a then 16-year girl is getting a second chance to play football – this time at a community college, following his completion of a two-year sentence at an Ohio juvenile detention facility.
Mays, now 20, will be attending Hocking College this fall and will be part of the school’s new football team, a school spokeswoman told the Associated Press. While Mays will be allowed to attend, he will not be allowed to live on campus because of his past crime.
Reasoning that everyone deserves a new start, Hocking College President, Dr. Betty Young, also reminded that second chances don’t excuse prior behavior.
Mays and fellow student Ma’Lik Richmond were each sentenced to one year of juvenile detention in 2013. Mays received an additional year on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, after using his phone to take a photo of the passed-out, nude victim.
Richmond also returned to football following his release.
The pair first made national headlines amid allegations of a cover-up to protect members of the Steubenville High School football team. Their actions were brought into question following a night of drinking and a series of morning-after texts and social media posts.