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Ma'Lik Richmond released from juvenile detention facility

Updated: Monday, January 6 2014, 01:24 PM EST


 Sources have confirmed for NEWS9 that Ma'lik Richmond has been released from an Ohio juvenile detention facility.

The release came after the first of the year.

In March of 2013 Richmond, along with fellow student athlete Trent Mays, were convicted of raping a then 16-year-old girl in August of 2012.

For the crime Richmond was sentenced to one year in the juvenile detention system and Mays who was convicted of an additional charge received two years.

During a sexual classification hearing back in August of 2013, Judge Thomas Lipps classified Richmond as a tier 2 sex offender.

The ruling means Richmond will be required to register every six months for the next 20 years - but he can request to have the classification removed based on his rehabilitation.

Shortly after we learned news of his release we reached out to NEWS9 legal analyst Mike Nogay for analysis.

The statement reads:

"Unlike the adult criminal system where the focus is often punishment, the primary purposes of the juvenile justice system are the treatment and rehabilitation back into society of juvenile offenders. Judge Lipps made specific findings at the time of sentencing as to how the court hoped to accomplish these goals with respect to each of the juvenile defendants."

A statement was also released from Richmond's attorney and it reads:

"Ma'lik Richmond recently completed his designated time at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Detention Facility. The past sixteen months have been extremely challenging for Ma'lik and his extended family. At sixteen years old, Ma'lik and his family endured hardness beyond imagine for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life, as with each other obstacle, Ma'lik has met it squarely, lifted his chin, and set his shoulders; He is braced for the balance of his life. While away, Ma'lik has reflected, learned, matured, and grown in many ways. He is a better, stronger person and looks forward to school, life, and spending time with family. At this point, Ma'lik wants most to be a high school teenager in conjunction with his release, Ma'lik, his family, and guardians ask that the media respect their privacy in this matter, as we all need to heal and move on with our lives. We will have you know that Ma'lik will be taking all the time necessary to focus on his academic and personal goals. We ask for your support and prayers as we move forward, thank you."

And after receiving that statement we reached out to the attorney for Jane Doe, Bob Fitzsimmons, and he released a statement of his own.

"Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist's press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family - whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life. One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson."



Ma'Lik Richmond released from juvenile detention facility

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