I really hate to say I told ya so, but…yeah…TOLD YA SO! I don’t think any of us that were involved in the Steubenville case or who followed the trial closely ever thought that Trent Mays would go silently into the night. Privately, we all discussed our fears that two years in juvenile detention was not long enough for him and that he would more than likely re-offend. His apology was more of an “I’m sorry I got caught” and based on his behavior, and how he preyed upon his victims knowing that they couldn’t fight back because they were too incapacitated to fight him off — it was just a matter of time before he had to hear his name again.
Trent is being accused of another assault — and he took photos. [insert not shocked face] He is now an adult and attends Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Somewhere between Xenia and Dayton, I believe. From early reports and discussions with students, it is becoming alarmingly obvious that no one even knew who Trent Mays was, let alone that he was a registered sex offender walking among the student body of CSU.
Tonight when news broke on Twitter, someone sent me a tip and I went looking. These are the tweets that I found. I am still in the process of verifying additional information about the allegations and will update as I know more information.
What I do know is that: Trent Mays should have been locked away for a long time. Just because he can throw a football should not mean that he gets special privileges. Once again, it feels like a situation where the school was protecting or concerned about their football program rather than the safety of young women on campus who a sexual offender may have access to without their knowledge.
In the meantime, anyone can file a complaint with the Title IX coordinator at Central State University. The link to information on how to do so is here
http://www.centralstate.edu/PR/uploads/pdf/Title-IX-Sexual-Misconduct-Report-Form.pdf as well as the form to fill out to do so.
It is also imperative that if Trent Mays has assaulted you that you contact local law enforcement immediately and make a report. Even if you aren’t a victim and are fearful of his presence on your campus, please make a Title IX complaint using the link above. While he is entitled to an education, as female students you are entitled to a safe environment on your campus. Having an internationally known sex offender on campus who was not identified as such by CSU officials is an absolutely irresponsible act by the college.
Contact Information Title IX Coordinator:
Ariella J. Brown,
Title IX Coordinator University Student Center, Suite 217D
P.O. Box 1004
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
Update: This morning I sent an email to the Title IX coordinator asking for their policy regarding sex offenders and notifying student body. I was immediately deferred to the university’s general counsel. I called Greene County to find out if Trent had registered with ESORN. He had — shocking. I then spoke to Central State University who advised me that a police report was taken regarding the incident and that the Chief of Police was personally taking care of this and that the officer would have the Chief call me back “within 10 minutes”.