Mays, Richmond to Learn of Rehab Procedures

The two teens convicted in the Steubenville rape case will find out on June 14 in juvenile court what their rehabilitation plans will include and what reporting requirements will be imposed on them as sex offenders.

Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps will preside over the hearing at 10:30 a.m.

Lipps in March found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville delinquent on a charge of rape. Mays also was found delinquent on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of their 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Lipps sentenced Richmond and Mays to spend at least one year in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility. they could remain incarcerated until they are 21 years old. Lipps ordered Mays to spend at least one year in the youth center for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

According to a statement from juvenile court, Mays and Richmond are housed at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Facility near Cleveland and doing well there. Lipps at the time of sentencing told Mays and Richmond that the Paint Creek Light House Youth Center in Bainbridge, Ohio, a privately run facility for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, has good programs to rehabilitate sex offenders. According to the release from juvenile court, Lipps will allow the teens to be moved there.

DYS officials issued a statement Wednesday stating Paint Creek has to evaluate the teens and it is the facility that will make the final determination if they are accepted.

The court in its statement said a determination of the level of sex offender for the teens must be determined prior to placement at Paint Creek.

The juveniles face a lifetime reporting requirement (Tier III) and must report their address to the county sheriff where they live and work. Tier II offenders must report their address every six months for 20 years. Tier I requires address reporting every year for 10 years.

The Ohio Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that juveniles classified as Tier III offenders can’t have their names placed on an Internet registry for sex offenders. Neighbors still will be notified by mail or residents can go to the sheriff’s department to request a list of registered sex offenders in the county. The name of the juvenile offender can be released.

The juvenile offenders can petition the court to lower the sex offender classification and eventually release them from the reporting requirements after completion of treatment and no further sexual offenses.