Ohio football player classified as sex offender

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FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file photo, Trent Mays,  left, and Ma'lik Richmond sit at the defense table before the start of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Judge Thomas Lipps, who sentenced the pair to  juvenile detention after convicting them of raping a West Virginia girl in 2012, will hold a hearing Friday, June 14, 2013, as a first step for the two teen defendants to be transferred from a state juvenile detention center to a facility that works with sex offenders. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)
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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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