Trenton Mays

Sex offender status reduced in ex-football player rape case

A judge on Friday reduced the sex offender status of a former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Trent Mays was released in January after serving a two-year sentence in an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility. He was required to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years.

Judge Thomas Lipps reduced Mays' status to the lowest sex-offender level, meaning he must register annually for the next 10 years. Such reductions are an option for juveniles but not adults under Ohio law.

Mays' attorney, Adam Nemann, had asked for Mays' status to be eliminated or reduced. Assistant Ohio attorney general...