Ma’Lik Richmond has been declassified as a juvenile sex offender.
In 2013, he was found delinquent of one count of rape of a 16-year-old in 2012. After his conviction, he was ordered to register every six months for the next 20-years. In 2014, it was lowered to Tier 1.
According to the official court document, “all prior determinations that the defendant (Richmond) is a Juvenile Sex Offender are terminated.”
After considering, weighing and balancing all of the evidence and the statutory facts, this Court determines that the nature of the offense and its affect on the victim, her family, and the community is considerable, but that the defendant’s successful rehabilitation should be weighed accordingly in regard to the need for further supervision, monitoring or registration. The defendant is a low risk for further sexual offending. – Official Court Document
On April 19th, Richmond returned to Jefferson County juvenile court after filing a motion of declassification.
Court Psychologist Dr. Thomas Gazley, who had met with Richmond and evaluated him, took the stand in April to testify.
“Given the records, Ma’Lik has had no significant problems. He’s had good behavior, completed sex offender treatment, and reintegrated into the community with little problems. I believe, at this point, his sex offender risk is low,” said Dr. Gazley.
According to Dr. Gazley, “research shows the longer someones goes without offending sexually, the lower the risk of reoffending.”
The document also said that “the system of rehabilitation for young offenders set out by the Ohio legislature has worked as designed in this instance.”