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OH: Judge removes former Steubenville football player from sex offender list

[10tv.com 5/11/18]

COLUMBUS, Ohio

A judge on Friday ordered that an ex-Ohio high school football player convicted of rape be removed from the state’s sex offender registry for juveniles, as allowed by law.

The ruling by Judge Thomas Lipps came in the case of Ma’Lik Richmond, a former Steubenville High School football player who in 2013 was convicted of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl at a party that followed a football scrimmage the previous year.

Richmond served a one-year sentence and later rejoined the Steubenville football team. Now 21, he plays for Youngstown State University.

After his conviction, Richmond was ordered to register his address every six months for the next 20 years. In 2014, Lipps agreed to reclassify him so that he had to register only once a year for the next decade. Ohio law allows juveniles to request removal altogether.

A second juvenile convicted in the crime served a two-year sentence. His attorneys plan a similar request in the future.

A message was left with Richmond’s attorney seeking comment. In a November filing, state public defender Brooke Burns argued that Richmond had served his punishment, completed all sex offender programming, and is now a successful college student. He has a strong family support system and is hard-working and remorseful, the filing said.

Richmond’s “court history demonstrates his rehabilitation and commitment to leading an offense-free future,” Burns said on Nov. 9.

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  1. Joe123

    And why exactly would this be Any different for an adult? Their entire reasoning applies to all human beings convicted of such offenses. How is this not Age discrimination? Have these people come up with one SOLID reason why the same exact logic and reasoning would not apply to someone over the age of 18? We all know plenty of adults who act like children, so this juvenile exemption law is a blatant example of age discrimination. This is only holding up because nobody has challenged it, not because it is in any way Justifiable.

    • David

      (I suspect the argument would be that adults have a better understanding of right versus wrong than minors do and, therefore, should have known better than to commit their crimes. Regardless, the entire Registry scheme needs to be overturned and abolished. It is clearly nothing but ongoing punishment and public shaming as it has absolutely no effect on reducing the occurrence of offenses.)

      • TS

        When does the slower male brain development argument come into play and also double up when it includes student athletes who play violent sports, e.g. football, where concussions are known to happen?

        • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

          Oh, that IS the can of worms, isn’t it? They simply cannot reconcile their hysterical response to sex with the manifest damage caused to developing minds and bodies caused by their beloved “team sports” that have been at the center of American life for well over a century. Watch them twist themselves into pretzels trying to reconcile factual outcomes and scientific findings with their destructive and self-indulgent, hypocritical narrative.

      • Counting the days

        To put a positive spin, maybe this is the trend for younger “offenders”. Maybe we are the last generation to suffer the indignity of the registry as it stands at this point. MAYBE…… Just MAYBE , judges are seeing how stupid and damaging it is to families and communities ( fire chief resigns, etc) and feel limited oversite for a shorter time is enough.
        MAYBE..🙏

      • Gralphr

        Even then, that’s a poor excuse. That’s basically saying kids deserve a chance to turn themselves around in order to have a chance at life, but if you’re 18 or older, they want you to fail in order to keep the prison industry complex going by returning to prison due to trying to survive on the outside. Is it any wonder why I cant stand this country?

    • Maria

      I concur, adult or not some individuals were sabotaged by a link sent, forensics show they did not search for ilegal materials and they didnt spent time watching ilegal videos nor looking at ilegal images or distributing such, but technicality laws put them away for a very long time. Wake up America, is time to review these stupid laws that are only concerened with barbaric public shaming and inviting to vigilantes.

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