Footballers found guilty of raping 16-year-old

Two high school football players from Ohio have been found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer while she was in a drunken stupor.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, received delinquent verdicts over the sexual assault of the girl in the early morning of Aug 12 when witnesses said she was too drunk to move or speak.

The defendants could be heard sobbing after Judge Tom Lipps announced the decision in the non-jury, juvenile court case.

Mays and Richmond had denied the charge and said any sex that occurred was consensual. They apologised after Lipps found them delinquent of all charges.

“I had no intention to do anything like that,” said Richmond before he was sentenced.

Lipps ordered Richmond be held in a juvenile detention facility for at least one year and Mays up to two years, with credit for time held so far. The juvenile system could hold them until they are 21. Both were required to register as juvenile sex offenders.

The case drew national attention, after a photo and video from the party that appeared to document the assault were posted online.

Computer hacking group Anonymous publicised the picture of two males carrying the girl by her wrists and ankles, and organised protests accusing the town, known for its “Big Red” football team, of covering up the involvement of more players.

The trial neared its conclusion late on Saturday after four days of testimony capped by the accuser’s tearful acknowledgment that she had little memory of the night of the alleged assaults.

Lipps said the evidence presented was profane and ugly at times and alcohol consumption showed a particular danger to “teenage youth”.

The accuser recounted drinking vodka mixed with slushy-iced drinks the night of the party, then finding herself on a curb early the next day, vomiting. She said she otherwise had no memory of what happened.


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