Boys Found Guilty in Steubenville Rape
Teens will be remanded into juvenile detention center
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
Ma'lik Richmond hugs his mother Daphne Birden after closing arguments in the trial for Ma'lik and Trent Mays on rape charges on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Steubenville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)

(Newser) – A judge has found two boys guilty in the rape of a 16-year-old girl that rocked the small Ohio town of Steubenville, reports the AP. Judge Thomas Lipps ruled that Steubenville High School football players Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, are guilty of digitally penetrating the girl after a booze-fueled party in August. A state prosecutor asked for a harsh sentence for the boys, citing an "absolute lack of remorse" the pair had demonstrated. Loud sobs were heard in the courtroom after the verdict was read. Both boys apologized; Richmond broke down sobbing as he stood to approach the victim. Mays will be jailed for at least two years; Richmond will be jailed for one year. Depending on their behavior, they could remain there until they are 21.

The verdict comes a day after the girl herself took the stand, reports the New York Times, testifying that she didn't remember what happened in the six hours before she awoke naked in a basement with Mays, Richmond, and another boy around her. “I was embarrassed and scared, and I did not know what to think because I could not remember anything,” she said, adding that the boys put her clothes on a table when she asked for them. In the following days, she says, she figured out what had happened and said that Mays started to get scared, texting her constantly. “He was just, like, freaking out,” she said. “He kept asking, ‘Are you going to tell the police?’ He was trying to get me not to tell anyone.” Another boy testified Friday that he filmed part of the assault on his cell phone, only to delete it the next day.

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Mar 18, 2013 11:56 PM CDT
I wouldn't want to be a judge at a trial like this. It's insanity separating facts from hollow accusations. Media involvement wasn't helpful. Families should sue for slander every media outlet that assumed guilt before it was legally established.
Mar 18, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
Ban HS football. It's clearly the problem.
Mar 18, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
I agree that HS foorball is the problem you could say the same about college look at the POS Peterno who knew this crap was going and kept it secret because of the game. These HS player are treated like rockstars and allowed to get away with everything as long as they play a good game. No matter what sentence they get their productive lives are over and working in a carwash and like jobs for the rest of their lives after prison is the punishment that keeps coming they deserve every part of that and more. Rapist are the lowest form of life next to child molesters.