STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – A judge says a Steubenville High School football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year should be classified as a sex offender.
Judge Thomas Lipps also agreed to send defendant Trent Mays to a facility that works with sex offenders.
On Friday, Mays was given the second toughest of three sex-offender labels, meaning he must register with a local sheriff every six months for 20 years.
Because he is a juvenile, the 17-year-old Mays can also petition to be reclassified or have the label removed after he finishes his treatment.
Mays’ attorney Adam Nemann says he plans to ask for early release for Mays once his nine-month program at Lighthouse Youth Center-Paint Creek in southern Ohio is completed.
Meanwhile, a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in an Ohio rape case won’t meet next week as scheduled.
The eastern Ohio panel looking into whether some adults failed to report the August rape early on has been on hiatus since last month.
Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Ohio attorney general’s office, said without explanation Friday that the grand jury won’t meet as expected Monday.
Attorney General Mike DeWine convened the grand jury March 17, hours after a judge convicted Mays and a teammate of the rape.
Evidence introduced at the five-day trial suggested the head high school football coach may have known about the attack soon after it happened but failed to report it. SOURCE