Sex-offender status upheld in Ohio teen rape case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has upheld the sex offender classification given to an Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl.

Ma'Lik Richmond was given the second-toughest sex offender classification — Tier II — last August. That means he will have to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.

The Seventh Ohio District Court of Appeals earlier this week rejected arguments by Richmond's attorneys that the juvenile classification violated constitutional due process protections and amounted to double jeopardy.

A message was left with the Ohio Public Defender's office, which represented Richmond.

A judge found the 18-year-old Richmond and a co-defendant guilty last year of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) in eastern Ohio in August 2012.

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