Two Steubenville High School student athetes have been convicted of raping a 16 year old girl last summer.
In Jefferson County Juvenile Court Sunday morning, visiting Judge Tomas Lipps saw enough evidence to prove that Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond were diliquent of the crime. Delinquent is the juvenile court equivalent of guilty.
Richmond will spend a minimum of one year and Mays will serve a minimum of two years in detention.
For the first degree felony rape conviction, both teens were ordered to be admitted to Department of Youth Services for a minimum of one year or a maximum of until they turn age 21.
In addition to his rape conviction, Mays was also found delinquent of transmitting nudity oriented pictures of a minor. He will serve one year or a maximum of until he turns age 21 for the charge. Both of his felony sentences will run consecutively.
The judge ordered the teens to receive appropriate treatment for the crimes and not to be released by the DYS until a court has determined that the teens can register as juvenile sex offenders.
The judge also said the teens are not allowed to have any contact with the victim until they turn 21.
Both teens pleaded not guilty of raping the girl at a party on Aug. 11, 2012. The charges stem from a police report that was filed by the victim’s parents in Steubenville, OH on August 14.
After the sentence was handed out, Mays and Richmond apologized to the victim’s family for what they had done.