STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - A convicted teen rapist has been ordered to register as a Tier II sex offender every 6 months for 20 years.
Judge Thomas Lipps determined Trent Mays' sex offender classification at a hearing on Friday morning. The hearing for Mays' co-defendant, Ma'lik Richmond, was continued. In March, Mays and Richmond were both found delinquent, which is the juvenile court equivalent of guilty, on charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old-girl. Mays and Richmond were Steubenville High School student-athletes at the time of the crimes in August 2012.
According to Ohiobar.org, a Tier I offender is required to register every year for 10 years. A Tier II offender is required to register every 180 days for 20 years. A Tier III offender must register every 90 days for life.
The sex offender classification hearings must happen before the teens are transferred to a new facility. Currently, both are at the Cuyahoga Boys School, but the Department of Youth Services has suggested they be remanded to the custody of Lighthouse Youth Center - Paint Creek, which focuses on rehabilitating juvenile sex offenders.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge is ready to classify as sex offenders two high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year.
The hearing by Judge Thomas Lipps Friday in Steubennville is a possible first step for the two teen defendants to be transferred from a state juvenile detention center to a facility that works with sex offenders. The state Youth Services department says extensive evaluations would precede any transfer.
Lipps sentenced Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond in March to time in the juvenile detention system after convicting them of raping the West Virginia girl after an August party celebrating a successful football team scrimmage.
Lipps has said he thinks the boys should be placed in Lighthouse Youth Center-Paint Creek in southern Ohio.