COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain) voted for legislation that extends the limitation time for prosecuting rape or sexual battery from 20 to 25 years.


Current law prohibits prosecution of offenses like rape and sexual battery after 20 years of the incident taking place. If the victim is a minor, the 20-year period begins once the victim turns 18. House Bill 6 provides that, in cases where a DNA record made in connection with the criminal investigation matches another DNA record of an identifiable person, there are two potential options:



  1. If the determination is made after 25 years of the offense occurring, then prosecution of that person for the offense may begin within five years after the determination

  2. If the determination is made within 25 years of the offense occurring, then prosecution of the offender may begin within whatever period of time is longer: 25 years after the offense is committed of five years after the determination


“Expanding the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and sexual battery will put more offenders behind bars,” said Blessing. “It is important to get these offenders off of our streets and to provide additional safeguards for victims. By passing this piece of legislation, we are making Ohio a safer place for everyone.”


Beyond just rape or sexual battery, House Bill 6 also includes conspiracy or attempt to commit, or complicity in committing, rape or sexual battery.


A piece of priority legislation for House Republicans, HB 6 passed with vast bipartisan support in both the House Judiciary Committee and on the House floor. It now will go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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