Sex Crimes

Appeals court upholds sex offender registration for Ohio prep football player in rape case

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 the former Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) High School student will have to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.

The Seventh Ohio District Court of Appeals 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 in August 2012.