(CBS) In the same year two of his players were charged and found guilty of raping a high school girl, Steubenville high school football coach Reno Saccocia has been awarded a two-year contract extension.
Reports have indicated Saccocia knew that two of his players – Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond – raped the student, and some have speculated the coach tried to cover up the assault.
“Despite allegations that he knew about a rape and tried to protect his players who committed it, despite widespread criticism that he didn’t punish his team enough and that he should be fired, and despite a grand jury that could charge him looming next week, the powerful Steubenville High football coach Reno Saccocia has been approved for a two-year administrative contract,” a report from the Atlantic Wire states.
Following their trial, Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year in a juvenile rehabilitation facility and a maximum of until he turns 21 on a juvenile charge of rape. Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years and a “consecutive” sentence that could last until he turns 24 after he was found delinquent on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material