Judge Reduces Sexual Offender Status of Man Involved in Steubenville Rape Case

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One of the teens found delinquent in the Steubenville rape case had his sexual offender registration reduced Friday morning

Sighs of relief could be heard throughout the courtroom as visiting judge Thomas Lipps announced that he will reduce Trent Mays sex offender registration from a Tier 2 to Tier 1.

The reduction comes more than two years after Judge Lipps originally ordered that Mays register as a Tier 2 sex offender.

Since then, Mays has completed the juvenile program at Paint Creek, graduated from Indian Creek High School with honors and is enrolled at Hocking College.

Mays attorney, Adam Nemann, believes his registration should be dropped completely.

“He choose rather than to just sit and be incarcerated and go through a low level rehabilitation he choose to go into an intense probationary system. That was what the judge recommended, unlike his co-defendant. So therefore, I think that he should have earned the right and I think he is no longer any threat to society,” said Newmann.

However, Assistant Attorney General Brian Deckert and the victims mom who was not present in court disagreed and asked for his status to remain the same.

Mays will be eligible to be removed from sex offender program in three years.

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