Judge Thomas Lipps has ruled that Trent Mays must register as a Tier 2 sex offender upon his release.
According to the Ohio Bar Association, a Tier 2 offender "includes those who have been convicted of offenses such as gross sexual imposition with a victim under 13 years old, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor when the offender is four or more years older than the victim. Adult offenders must register every 180 days for 25 years; juvenile offenders must register for 20 years."
The state sought for a Tier 3 designation for Mays, noting the nature of the crime and May's reported lack of remorse during an assessment. The state also noted the mental harm done to the victim, who is in counseling and still suffers from flashbacks. The state also noted the use of alcohol in the crime.
The victim's mother spoke during the hearing and said that Mays publicly shamed her daughter and the images of that night can never be removed from the internet. She said her daughter endured countless ridicule that will never leave her.
The defense argued for a Tier 1 classification noting that Mays' goal is to better himself and he has been under good behavior at the juvenile facility.
Mays said in court today: "I am sorry for everything I did that night I know I was wrong."
After today's hearing, Mays may be eligible to be moved to a Paint Creek, Ohio, facility pending court approval.
Only Trent Mays will appear for the hearing Friday morning. Malik Richmond's hearing has been continued.
Two Steubenville teens that were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl will learn what their life will be after they serve their sentence.
Friday morning, Trent Mays and Malik Richmond will be back in court, this time for a sexual offender classification hearing. Both will be in Jefferson County juvenile court at 10:30 a.m.
This hearing will determine what type of sexual offender the two boys will have to register as and for how long. Both boys were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl last year in a case that has grabbed national and even global attention.
The boys right now are in a youth services facility. Judge Lipps, who found the boys guilty back in February will also be determining their classification today.