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Judge agrees to declassification in high-profile rape case

STEUBENVILLE, OH — One of the two defendants in the high-profile 2012 Steubenville rape case that involved a Weirton teenager is no longer on the sex offender registry.

Ma’Like Richmond

Ma’lik Richmond was granted declassification Friday by an Ohio judge, WTOV-TV reported.

Richmond was found guilty of the rape of a minor in a March 2013 trial. The victim was from Weirton. The trial for Richmond and co-defendant Trent Mays was held in Ohio juvenile court. They were both found delinquent.

Part of Richmond’s sentence was to register as a sex offender. The status was reduced to the state’s minimal classification three years ago. Richmond asked the judge for total declassification in an April hearing, his attorney claiming there was a low risk of his client committing future crimes.

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