Steubenville, OH --The two teenage Steubenville, Ohio football players accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last summer were found guilty Sunday morning by Special Judge Thomas Lipps, who announced his ruling in juvenile court by saying that both defendants are "adjudicated delinquents beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged."
The verdict is the equivalent of a guilty verdict in adult court, Lipps said in Steubenville, as the defendants and their attorneys wiped away tears and members of their families began to cry.
Trent Mays, 17, was also found guilty of disseminating a nude photo of a minor, to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility.
Ma'Lik Richmond, 16 was sentenced to a minimum of one year.
Both defendants could be in detention until they are 21.
Judge Lipps said that the Ohio Department of Youth services will rule on whether the two boys will be detained longer, depending on their behavior and rehabilitation.
Mays and Richmond will be credited for the time they had served before the trial.