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Steubenville, Ohio rape case: Malik Richmond released from juvenile detention

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Back in August of 2012, a 16-year-old girl was raped at a party. In March of the following year, two teenage boys who were at the same party were convicted of raping the then 16-year-old girl. One boy, Malik Richmond, was sentenced to one year in a juvenile detention center while his fellow student and friend, Trent Mays, was convicted of an additional charge and was sentenced to two years. However, according to a report by WTOV9 News which was published on Jan. 6, Malik Richmond was released from the juvenile detention center today. He was released early and actually only spent 8 months in the juvenile detention center.

In August of 2013, Judge Thomas Lipps named Richmond a tier two sex offender. This means he will be made to register as a sex offender every 6 months for the next 20 years. However, he can request to have this classification removed after he has been rehabilitated. There have been two statements released to WTOV9 News from News 9 Legal analyst Mike Nogay and the other one was released by Richmond's attorney. You can read them at this link.

What do you think about this? Do you think this young man was ready to be released from the juvenile detention center already or should he have spent more time there? Sound off with your comments below and let everyone know what you think!

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