Grand Jury Returns in Steubenville Rape

The rape of a 16-year-old Weirton girl is the focus this week of a continuing special grand jury and a hearing for one defendant in Jefferson County Juvenile Court.

The grand jury called by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine met Monday, which marked one year since the rape occurred. The grand jury has met only seven days since it was seated on April 15.

DeWine said he wants all aspects of the Steubenville rape case investigated, including the possibility of charges being filed against others for knowledge of the rape and failing to report it.

In March, retired Juvenile Judge Tom Lipps found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville guilty of raping a 16-year-old Weirton girl Aug. 11-12, 2012. Mays also was found delinquent of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a Department of Youth Services facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year in a state youth detention center.

Lipps in June ruled that Mays is a Tier II sex offender requiring him to report his address to the sheriff of the county where he lives every 180 days for 20 years.

Mays was permitted to go to a private detention center that Lipps said has a specialized sex-offender treatment program.

Richmond will be in court at 10:30 a.m. Friday for a hearing on whether he can be sent to the same facility as Mays.

Lipps said he has to make the sexual offender classification hearing prior to Richmond being released from the secure Department of Youth Services facility and sent to the private, non-secure treatment center that is currently treating Mays.