Two young juveniles, who were convicted of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, last year, are now back in school. However, they are finding that the spotlight on them continues to follow them even after they served out their sentence.
Malik Richmond and Trent Mays were found delinquent of the rape of the young girl in last year. Richmond was sentenced to time in a juvenile detention facility. He served time, and recently reenrolled back in high school. He even found himself a place on the football team.
However, Richmond like so many persons convicted of sex offenses and Denver sex crimes defense lawyers already know, is finding that the spotlight continues to follow him even after he served out his term. Local reporters are following him around the football field, and are capturing his workouts on video. Those videos are being posted on the Internet, and details of the crime are once again being analyzed in the media. This is even though he has paid out his sentence for the crime. On the Internet, pictures of him playing football have inflamed commenters, who believe that he should never have been allowed back on the football team because it sends out the wrong message to youngsters.
This kind of discrimination against persons who have committed sex offenses and served out their sentences is despicable, but hardly rare. In fact, it’s actually the norm as far as sex offenses are concerned. People simply assume that once a person has been convicted of a sex offense, he should simply drop out of society.
Rehabilitation of the person, especially a juvenile offender, and helping him to return to school and a normal life after the offense is very important to discourage recidivism. Estimates indicate that the majority, or 97% of all juvenile sexual offenders will never repeat the offense again after they have served out their penalties.
There are long-term consequences after the conviction of a sex offense. If you’re currently facing sex crime charges or are being investigated for sexual offenses, speak with a Denver sex crimes defense lawyer immediately.