TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ohio rapist to be called sex offender for 20 years

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party was ordered Friday to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.

Jefferson County Judge Thomas Lipps gave 17-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond the state's second-toughest sex offender classification — Tier II — the same that his co-defendant received in June.

Unlike adult sex offenders, Richmond's name won't be included on publicly accessible websites. And he can request to have the sex offender classification removed later based on his history of rehabilitation.

Richmond's attorney, Walter Madison, declined to comment on the judge's decision.

The judge's options for requiring Richmond to report to authorities ranged from every 90 days for life to once a year for 10 years.

In March, Lipps convicted Richmond and co-defendant Trent Mays, 17, in the rape of the West Virginia girl following a party in Steubenville in eastern Ohio in August 2012. Richmond is serving at least a year in the Ohio juvenile detention system.

Mays was also found guilty of using his phone to take a picture of the underage girl naked. He received a two-year minimum prison sentence.

The victim's attorney said Lipps' decision on Friday did not come as a surprise.

“It recognizes the seriousness of the offense that these young men committed and also the significance of the damages that occur when people take advantage of other peoples' bodies without consent,” said Wheeling, W.Va., attorney Bob Fitzsimmons.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. 2 women advance to final phase of Army Ranger training
  2. Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from power plants
  3. Food industry players fighting proposed dietary guidelines drop millions on lobbyists
  4. State Department accuses top Clinton aide of violations
  5. 4 dead, 65 sickened in Bronx by Legionella
  6. Marines finally ready to roll out controversial fighter jet
  7. ‘Fast, Furious’ pistol was sold to gunman in foiled Texas terrorist attack
  8. Pressure mounts for Biden to join 2016 White House race
  9. Obama’s nuclear deal lobbying sways Democrats
  10. Construction of giant bridges sparks curiosity, high demand for public tours
  11. Midwest farmers pessimistic of fall harvest amid damaging, long-term rain