COLUMBUS (AP) - An Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl will have to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.
Jefferson County Judge Thomas Lipps today classified 17-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond as a Tier II sex offender.
Unlike adult sex offenders, however, Richmond's name won't be included on publicly accessible websites. And he can request to have the sex offender classification removed later based on his history of rehabilitation.
In this March 17 photo, Ma'Lik Richmond walks towards the victim and her family to apologize after he and co-defendant Trent Mays were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville.
Richmond's attorney declined to comment on the judge's decision.
Lipps found Richmond and a co-defendant guilty of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville in August 2012. Richmond is serving at least a year in the Ohio juvenile detention system.