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 Steubenville, Ohio

At the end of the rape trial of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, Judge Thomas Lipps suggested that both boys be remanded to the custody of the New Life Life For Youth Paint Creek near Chillicothe, Ohio.

However, NEWS9 has learned that Mays and Richmond are not currently housed in Paint Creek, but have instead been housed at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills near Cleveland.

In a statement emailed to NEWS9, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Youth Services denied that DYS had asked to relocate the boys.

“At DYS, we maintain confidentiality of the youth in our custody,” said Public Information Officer Kim Parsell. “We have not asked for the defendants in question to be moved. The Judge would make a request for DYS to evaluate placement at Paint Creek. Please note that all facility placements at DYS are able to meet the unique needs of youth.”

A news release obtained by NEWS9 late Wednesday suggests there has been a disagreement over protocol.

Following the adjudication of Mays and Richmond in March, Lipps suggested that at some point prior to their release, the courts would convene again to determine how frequently and for how long both boys would have to register as sex offenders upon their release.

A statement emailed to NEWS9 Wednesday by Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. explains the difference of opinion.

“It appears that defendants adjudicated for a sex offense must be classified before transfer to Paint Creek,” Abdalla said. “The classification hearing cannot wait until the end of the DYS term as in other institutions. There is some disagreement among juvenile delinquency practitioners whether an early classification needs to be made, but it appears to this Court to be the best practice.”

Kim Parsell, the public information officer public information officer for the Department of Youth Services denied that.

A hearing has been scheduled for June 14 at 10:30 at which the judge will determine how frequently and for how long Mays and Richmond will be required to register with their local sheriff’s department upon their release from the Department of Youth Services.

A Tier III offender would be required every year for 10 years. A Tier II offender would be required to register every 6 months for 20 years. A Tier I offender would have to register every 90 days for the remainder of his or her life. The age of the victim, the nature of the offense and the defendants’ prior records are among the factors the judge will consider in classifying Mays and Richmond.

In his statement to NEWS9, Abdalla reiterated why the court had suggested Mays and Richmond be sent to Paint Creek.

“The Court is very familiar with Paint Creek, having visited there many times over the years and has no doubt that it is the best placement for these defendants for their rehabilitation,” said Abdalla. “It is believed that they will do well there and much better than in other DYS institutions.”

Lippps ordered both teens to be remanded to the custody of DYS for a minimum of one year and a maximum of until they reach age 21.

Because Lipps believed Mays had shared a photograph of the victim, he added at least one additional year to his term.

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