Mon., 2:24pm: UPDATE Steubenville rape convict released
STEUBENVILLE – Ma’Lik Richmond, 17, one of two juveniles convicted in the Steubenville rape case, has been released from an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility.
Richmond and Trent Mays, 17, were found guilty in March of rape in in connection with an incident involving an underage girl Aug. 11-12, 2012. Mays also was found guilty of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.
Visiting Judge Tom Lipps sentenced Richmond and Mays to spend at least one year in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility, or until they turned 21 years old. He ordered Mays to spend at least one year in the youth center for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Lipps said he believed the actions of Mays were more “egregious” and ordered the sentences be consecutive, resulting in Mays serving a minimum of two years.
Richmond was classified as a Tier II sex offender in August and will be required to report to the county sheriff where he is living every six months for the next 20 years. Lipps in June ruled that Mays also is a Tier II sex offender.
Mays was placed in the Paint Creek Light House Youth Center, a privately run Department of Youth Services facility in Bainbridge, upon the recommendation of Lipps. The judge said the facility has “excellent” programs for juvenile sex offenders.
Richmond never made a request to the placed in the Paint Creek Light House Center.
Richmond’s attorney, Walter Madison, and the attorney representing the victim in the case, Bob Fitzsimmons of Wheeling, did not respond to requests for comment.