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Teen Convicted in Steubenville Rape Case Released from Juvenile Detention Facility

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Mays and Richmond during the Steubenville rape trial. Mays and Richmond during the Steubenville rape trial.
Protestors gather outside the courthouse during the rape trial. Protestors gather outside the courthouse during the rape trial.

Ma'lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in a case that captured the nation's attention, has been released from a juvenile detention facility in Ohio. Richmond's Attorney, Walter Madison, confirmed his release on Sunday.

Judge Thomas Lipps found Richmond and Trent Mays delinquent of raping the 16-year-old girl in August of 2012. The ruling came after much deliberation on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  

Richmond was found delinquent on one count of rape and sentenced to a minimum of one year in juvenile detention. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed. Lipps ruled the sentences were to be contingent on behavior and rehabilitation progress while serving. 

Richmond was given Ohio's second-toughest classification, meaning he has to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years after his release. Unlike adult sex offenders, his name will not be included on publicly accessible websites, and he can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation.

Madison released the following statement on behalf of Richmond and his family on Sunday:

"Ma'Lik Richmond recently completed his designated time at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Detention Facility. The past sixteen months have been extremely challenging for Ma'Lik and his extended family. At sixteen years old, Ma'Lik and his family endured hardness beyond imagination for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life. As with each other obstacle, Ma'Lik has met it squarely, lifted his chin, and set his shoulders; he is braced for the balance of his life.  While away, Ma'Lik has reflected, learned, matured, and grown in many ways.  He is a better, stronger person and looks forward to school, life, and spending time with family.  At this point, Ma'Lik wants most to be a high school teenager. In conjunction with his release, Ma'Lik, his family, and guardians ask that the media respect their privacy in this matter, as we all need to heal and move on with our lives. We will have you know that Ma'Lik will be taking all the time necessary to focus on his academic and personal goals. We ask for your support and prayers as we move forward, Thank you."

Robert Fitzsimmons, the attorney for the victim in the case, released this statement on behalf of the victim and her family late Sunday night:

" Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist's press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family - whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life. One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson."

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