Richmond Classified as Tier II Sex Offender

STEUBENVILLE — Judge Thomas Lipps this morning ruled that Ma’Lik Richmond will have to register as a Tier II sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.

Richmond’s hearing was delayed earlier this summer while his attorney unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the sex offender labeling process.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office, which prosecuted the case, had asked for Richmond to be classified as a Tier III sex offender, which would have required him to register as a sex offender every 90 days for life. Richmond’s attorney had sought a Tier I classification.

Unlike adult sex offenders, however, 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.

In June, Lipps ordered that Richmond’s co-defendant, Trent Mays, report to a local sheriff every six months for 20 years. He can also have the classification removed later, and his name wont appear on publicly accessible websites.

Lipps also agreed with a request from Mays’ attorneys that the teen be transferred from Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility near Cleveland to a southern Ohio facility that works with sex offenders.

Lipps found both teens guilty in March of raping a 16-year-old Weirton girl. He also found Mays guilty of using his phone to take a picture of the underage girl naked.

Richmond was sentenced to at least one year for raping the girl, while Mays was sentenced to at least two.