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Teen from Steubenville rape case classified as sex offender

Published: Sunday, June 16 2013 11:30 a.m. MDT

Trent Mays, 17, enters court for the fourth day of his and co-defendent defendant 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond 's trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays and Richmond are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August, 2012.

Keith Srakocic, Pool, Associated Press

On Friday, a judge in Steubenville, Ohio, classified one of the teenagers convicted in the Steubenville rape case as a sex offender.

CNN reports Trent Mays must register every six months with the county and the sheriff where he lives. Mays will be required to do so for the next 20 years.

Mays, along with Ma'lik Richmond, was convicted in March after being tried as juveniles in a case that made national headlines not only for assault, but the town's response.

In August 2012, a 16-year-old West Virginia girl was sexually assaulted by Mays and Richmond during an alcohol-fueled party, and the attacks were documented through text messages, Twitter and Facebook from the perpetrators as well as other students at the party.

An important storyline of the case was that Mays and Richmond were star players on the Steubenville High School football team and the Big Red players were popular amongst locals.

A blogger who used to live in Steubenville reported some prominent Steubenville residents tried to cover up the incident to protect the players and the Big Red football team.

The way the case was covered in the media also drew backlash. CNN received heavy backlash for its handling of the case, for seeming to focus on the effect it will have on the rapists, rather than the suffering the victim endured.

Mays was sentenced to at least two years in a juvenile detention facility. Richmond was only sentenced to a minimum of one year, but could be in custody until he's 21.

Michael Smith is an intern in the news section of DeseretNews.com. A 2013 graduate of the University of Utah, he will be attending Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in the fall.

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