STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A teenager convicted of rape has been ordered to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years.

The Tier II classification was handed out to Trenton Mays at a Friday hearing by Judge Thomas Lipps.

In March, the 17-year-old Mays and co-defendant Ma’lik Richmond — football players at Steubenville High School — were found to be delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of guilty, on charges related to the rape of a 16-year-old-girl.

Richmond and Mays were Steubenville High student-athletes at the time of the crimes in August 2012.

Both were sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail for rape with the possibility of being held until they’re 21. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served following his rape sentence is completed.

At a later date, a judge will determine how often and for how long Richmond will be required to register with his local sheriff’s department upon his release from the Department of Youth Services.

According to, sex offenders are broken down into three classifications: a Tier I offender is required to register annually for 10 years, Tier II offender is required to register every 180 days for 20 years and a Tier III offender must register every 90 days for life.

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    Expensive and connected lawyers have blocked another round of justice. Once again, star athletes can get away with anything or lighter punishment than others. This does not send a harsh message to all the future rapists.

  • Ax Man

    What a joke, they call this justice?????????

  • Sam

    One year in jail? That is not justice.

  • dam3fan8

    To light of a sentence. They want to act like adults, give them the penalty for adults. That girl has a lifetime of shame and feeling of disgust to deal with. They should receive the same! They ruined her life, let the penalty be served for their ignorance in the same manner.