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Steubenville Rape Case Update: Ma'lik Richmond, Ohio teen, appeals sex offender classification

Ma'lik Richmond, 16, arrives for the start of his trial on March 13, 2013 in juvenile court where he and 17-year-old Trent Mays face rape charges in Steubenville, Ohio. Richmond and Mays are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August 2012. Pool,AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Ma'lik Richmond, 16, arriving for the start of his trial on March 13, 2013 in juvenile court where he and 17-year-old Trent Mays were convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio.
Pool, AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
(CBS/AP) - Ma'lik Richmond, one of two Steubenville, Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last year, is appealing his sex-offender classification.

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In August, Richmond, now 17, was given the state's second-toughest label, meaning he is to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years. His co-defendant, Trent Mays, received the same classification, even though he was convicted of the additional crime of using his cell phone to take - and distribute - photos of the underage girl naked.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in the juvenile detention system; Mays received two years.

The case brought international attention to the small town of Steubenville and received criticism for how adults in the community handled the allegations.

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A grand jury continues investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape case, specifically whether adults required to report child abuse, such as teachers and coaches, knew of the rape allegation but didn't tell authorities.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is leading the investigation, said recently he can't give a timeline for the grand jury to finish its work.

Unlike adult sex offenders, Richmond's name won't be included on publicly accessible websites, and he can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation.

The public defender handling the appeal, Brooke Burns, said Thursday she couldn't comment without Richmond's permission. The appeal was filed last week in Jefferson County in eastern Ohio.

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