High school football player appeals sex-offender status

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio high school football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl has appealed his sex-offender classification.

Judge Thomas Lipps last month gave 17-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond the state's second-toughest classification, meaning he has to register as a sex offender every six months for 20 years.

Unlike adult sex offenders, Richmond's name won't be included on publicly accessible websites, and he can request to have the classification removed later based on his rehabilitation.

Brooke Burns, a state public defender handling the appeal, said Thursday she couldn't comment without Richmond's permission.

The appeal filed late last week will be argued in the Youngstown appeals court handling cases out of Steubenville in eastern Ohio.

A judge convicted Richmond and co-defendant Trent Mays in March of raping a West Virginia girl last year.

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