Ma'lik Richmond was just an 8-year-old boy when Jennifer and Greg Agresta welcomed him into their home. He was playing little league football with their son.
Richmond's biological father, Brian, had served time and was convicted for various crimes, including manslaughter. His home life was riddled with trouble. His parents, unable to take care of him, were struggling. So the Agrestas took action.
Richmond moved in with the Agrestas and their children, but two years later, he moved out.
"When he left our home as a young child, the last thing I said to him when I dropped him off was, 'Ma'lik, if you ever need anything, good or bad, we are a phone call away.' And when he called us, we were just that phone call away. We had to be there for him."
The Agrestas were referring to the incident that happened on Aug. 11 that has resulted in house arrest and a brief stint in a juvenile detention center (from August to November) for Richmond. That incident, the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl, is the new trouble that the Agrestas have to protect him from.
Richmond, 16, is a football player for Steubenville High School. He is being accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious girl, carrying her from party to party, raping her in the basement and urinating on her with the help of his friend and fellow teammate, Trent Mays.
Not much is known about Mays' home life. But the night of the incident and in the days following, he expressed his role and feelings about what happened via Twitter. However, they paint a very different picture from what we now know.
Mays tweeted about the back-to-school party that served as the crime scene. There seem to be no tweets during the party, but the day after, Mays retweeted a number of people that seemed to know what happened the night at the party.
The most jarring retweet, "never take advantage of someone," is the first in a barrage of attempts to disassociate himself with the alleged rape.
Then, Mays changes his tune. In one of the retweets, he seems to blame women for the way they are treated, retweeting someone who said that girls need to "stop fucking around with these assholes." In what seems like defense, he tweets about haters, suggesting that individuals were coming forth to identify him as the alleged rapist that night.
The incident wasn't reported to police until Aug. 14. On Aug. 16, Mays tweeted "goodbyes hurt." In the following tweet he hashtagged "RRR," which stands for "Roll Red Roll" Steubenville football. It was his last post on the social media network.
Both boys were eventually arrested on August 22 and sent to a juvenile detention center until Nov. 1 when a judge sentenced them to house arrest.
The trial is set to take place on Feb. 13.
Details about the alleged rapists are trickling through social media websites, news publications, and the hacker group Anonymous.
This story is still developing, but GlobalGrind will keep you updated on facts and information regarding the case, the alleged assailants and the victim.
As always, we're praying for the victim's family.