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Steubenville Athletes Guilty in Rape Case

By Bryan Toporek — March 26, 2013 1 min read
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Two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players were found guilty last week of raping a 16-year-old girl, charges stemming from a series of parties last year.

Judge Thomas Lipps sentenced Ma’lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, each to a minimum of one year in a youth correctional facility, where both could remain until they turn 21.

The judge sentenced Mr. Mays to an extra year at the juvenile facility for possession and transmission of nude photos of the victim. He’ll serve that year immediately after his rape sentence concludes.

Both defendants will also be forced to register as sex offenders.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the high-profile case isn’t fully closed. In a statement delivered after the judge announced his decision, Mr. DeWine said he asked a local court to convene a grand jury next month to determine whether any other individuals had committed any offense related to the rape, such as officials who are required by law to report suspected abuse and other crimes.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 27, 2013 edition of Education Week as Steubenville Athletes Guilty in Rape Case

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