Ohio says keep ex-high school athlete on sex offender list

Ma'lik Richmond, image from WTOV/CNN

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The state says a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl should remain on Ohio’s sex offender registry because he’s never fully acknowledged what he did.

State prosecutors say former Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richmond has continually tried to minimize his involvement in the crime.

Richmond was convicted in 2013 of raping a West Virginia girl during an alcohol-fueled party following a football scrimmage.

Richmond initially was required to register his address as a sex offender every six months for 20 years.

Judge Thomas Lipps in 2014 decreased Richmond’s reporting requirement to once a year for 10 years. Lipps is weighing arguments for and against keeping Richmond on the list.

Richmond’s lawyers say he successfully served his punishment and parole and is fully rehabilitated.