Special grand jury gathers

STEUBENVILLE – A special grand jury investigating all aspects of the Steubenville rape case is scheduled to meet again today and Wednesday.

The grand jury has been meeting at the county’s 911 center, located at the county airport.

The grand jury met Monday for the first time since July 9.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called for the special grand jury immediately after two teens were found guilty of rape.

Retired Juvenile Judge Tom Lipps found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville delinquent of rape in March in connection with an incident on the night of Aug. 11-12, 2012. 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.

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.

Mays was permitted to go to a private detention center that Lipps said has a specialized sex-offender treatment program.

Richmond is set to be in juvenile court at 10:30 a.m. Friday for a hearing on his sexual offender classification requirement.

The special grand jury, as of its Monday meeting, has met eight times since the grand jury was convened on April 15.