Sexual Offender Classification Upheld for Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Case

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 An appeals court is upholding the sexual offender classification for one of the defendants in the Steubenville rape case.

The 7th District Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the sexual offender classification ruling for Ma'Lik Richmond in connection with the 2012 Steubenville rape case.

Richmond was found delinquent of raping a 16-year-old girl in March 2013, and must register as a Tier II sex offender every 180 days for 20 years.

Richmond and his attorney had originally fought to have that sex offender classification dropped, but the Court of Appeals felt otherwise.

Richmond was released from an Ohio Juvenile Detention Center on January 6, 2014. Judge Thomas Lipps had ruled that his sentence was to be contingent on behavior and rehabilitation while serving.


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