Special grand jury to reconvene on Aug. 12

STEUBENVILLE -A special grand jury investigating aspects of a juvenile rape case won’t meet again until the one year anniversary of the crime.

Two teens were convicted in the rape, which occurred on the night of Aug. 11-12.

After their convictions were announced in March, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for a special grand jury to investigate all aspects of the case and whether additional people should be charged.

The grand jury met Monday and Tuesday and won’t meet again until Aug. 12, the attorney general’s office announced.

Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville were found delinquent of rape in March for their roles in the case involving a 16-year-old girl from Weirton. Mays also was found delinquent of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a Department of Youth Services facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year in a state youth detention center.

The grand jury has met only seven days since it was seated on April 15. The delays were needed to continue interviews with people and to analyze computers seized from Steubenville City Schools facilities in April, according to the attorney general’s office.

Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps in June ruled that Mays is a Tier II sex offender requiring him to report his address to the sheriff of the county where he lives every 180 days for 20 years. A sex offender classification hearing for Richmond was continued after his attorney filed a motion challenging the constitutionality of the juvenile sex offender law.

A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 16 in juvenile court before Lipps for arguments on Richmond’s motions.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com)