Reno Saccoccia of the now infamous Steubenville High School was given a two-year deal even though star players Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted of raping their unnamed classmate.
The girl was deemed too intoxicated to have given consent, but the untouchable status afforded to the players meant they acted with apparent impunity, even photographing their unconscious ‘conquest’, photos which were used in evidence against them.
The incident created a huge controversy in the United States, with hundreds of thousands signing an online petition demanding long-standing coach Saccoccia be fired.
While he was not remotely involved in the incident itself, Saccoccia has been accused of allowing his players to behave inappropriately.
He was also widely criticised for apparently helping the two teenagers, with the below texts from Mays revealed at the trial:
"[Saccocia did] nothing really. Going to stay in for awhile. LOL. And next time (someone is) into something, suspended for three games. But I feel he took care of it for us. Like, he was joking about it, so I'm not worried."
"I got Reno. He took care of it and sh*t ain't going to happen, even if they did take it to court."
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has vowed to bring closure to the case, and all those who allowed such incidents to happen.
"We want to bring finality so the community feels that justice has been done - that nothing has been swept under the rug and everyone has their day in court," DeWine told the press shortly after the verdict against Mays and Richmond.
Saccoccia could still find himself in trouble though, if his name is brought up in front of a Grand Jury investigating allegations of a cover-up.