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Steubenville Football Player Classified As Sex Offender

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A judge says an Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year should be classified as a sex offender.

Judge Thomas Lipps also agreed to send defendant Trent Mays to a facility that works with sex offenders.

On Friday, Mays was given the second toughest of three sex-offender labels, meaning he must register with a local sheriff every six months for 20 years.

Because he is a juvenile, the 17-year-old Mays can also petition to be reclassified or have the label removed after he finishes his treatment.

Mays’ attorney Adam Nemann says he plans to ask for early release for Mays once his nine-month program at Lighthouse Youth Center-Paint Creek in southern Ohio is completed.

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