Steubenville High teens moved to new facility

STEUBENVILLE — Two Steubenville High School teens found delinquent in March of rape were moved from the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center to an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility on Monday.

Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville were found delinquent by visiting Judge Tom Lipps of rape in connection with an incident involving an underage girl on Aug. 11-12. Mays also was found delinquent of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Their trial lasted four days in March before Lipps announced his verdict.

Lipps sentenced Richmond and Mays to spend at least one year in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility or until they are 21 years old. He also ordered Mays to spend at least one year in the youth center on the charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

Lipps said he believed the actions of Mays were more “egregious” and ordered the sentences be consecutive, meaning Mays will serve a minimum of two years.

Juvenile court probation officers transported Mays and Richmond to the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware on Monday. It is a receiving center for the Department of Youth Services, where assessments of juveniles are conducted in determining where they will be permanently placed and for prioritizing rehabilitation needs.

Lipps at sentencing told the parents of the defendants to contact the state Department of Youth Services in helping determine which facility the teens will be sent.

He said the Paint Creek Light House Youth Center, a privately run Department of Youth Services facility in Bainbridge, has excellent programs for juvenile sex offenders. He said a judge must give permission for a teen to be sent there and he is willing to give such permission.

Mays and Richmond also face sex offender reporting requirements but Lipps said he wont make a decision on that until both teens are about to be released. He ordered the Department of Youth Services to provide sex-offender rehabilitation treatment.

The teens face a maximum reporting requirement of notifying the sheriff where they live every 90 days for life. There are less serious reporting requirements of twice a year for 20 years or once a year for 10 years.