State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) today announced that the Ohio House passed legislation that would expand penalties for voyeurism and sexual misconduct in cases involving impaired persons, regardless of age.


House Bill 439 would amend the Ohio Revised Code to include an impaired person as a victim of voyeurism.  The legislation defines an impaired person as a person whose ability to resist or consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.


The bill also includes the conduct involving an impaired person within equal offenses of pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance. 


“This legislation is a common-sense bill that greater protects thousands of innocent Ohioans,” Rep. Anielski said. “With the inclusion of impaired persons in these protections, it allows our state to stand up for those who may not be able to defend themselves.  At the end of the day, it is our job to be a voice for all Ohioans.”


House Bill 440 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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