STEUBENVILLE, OH (WTRF) - Ma'Lik Richmond has been declassified as a juvenile sex offender.
On April 19th, Richmond returned to Jefferson County juvenile court after filing a motion of declassification.
Richmond had been registered as a Tier 1 juvenile sex offender, which required him to register as an offender once a year for 10-years.
In 2013, he was found delinquent of one count of rape of a 16-year-old in 2012. After his conviction, he was ordered to register every six months for the next 20-years. In 2014, it was lowered to Tier 1.
"Since his release, Ma'Lik has done well reintegrating into the community. This court has done what it's supposed to do. Given his rehabilitation, we're asking for the termination of his Tier 1 juvenile sex offender classification," said Richmond's attorney, Brooke Burns, in court that day.
Court Psychologist Dr. Thomas Gazley, who had met with Richmond and evaluated him, took the stand in April to testify.
"Given the records, Ma'Lik has had no significant problems. He's had good behavior, completed sex offender treatment, and reintegrated into the community with little problems. I believe, at this point, his sex offender risk is low," said Dr. Gazley.
According to Dr. Gazley, "research shows the longer someones goes without offending sexually, the lower the risk of reoffending."