A Vermilion High School student convicted of a sex crime in Lorain County Juvenile Court will not play football for the Sailors this season.
Vermilion Schools superintendent Philip Pempin said he made the decision Thursday.
In May 2007 the 17-year-old boy forced himself on an 18-year-old girl without her consent after the two drank shots of vodka and rum together. The boy was found guilty of gross sexual imposition on June 30 of this year.
He practiced with the team until earlier this week, when school officials learned of his conviction on the sex-related charge.
Typically, the school's athletic director would have made the call on whether the boy could play football, Pempin said. Because of the unusual nature of this case, Pempin made the ruling.
"It came to my desk. I made the decision with the full support of the (school) board, principal and athletics director," Pempin said.
Vermilion's student handbook does have a section that deals with students convicted of a crime, Pempin said.
"That student handbook specifically says that students involved in criminal activity may be excluded from athletic events," Pempin said.
The district consulted with its attorney before deciding to ban the boy from playing football, Pempin said.