COLUMBUS— State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) commended the passage of Substitute House Bill 68 on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anielski, would expand sexual misconduct protections by extending the penalties for certain acts of sexual misconduct, including pandering nudity-oriented or sexually obscene materials, to apply for instances when victims are elderly or mentally impaired.

“I am very thankful for the support from my fellow legislators in helping to pass Substitute House Bill 68,” said Rep. Anielski. “The bill protects our most vulnerable citizens in giving impaired people important and considerable legal protections, regardless of their mental impairment or age.”

The legislation is in response to an issue in Cuyahoga County where an offender was caught taking photos of victims in a health care facility whom suffered from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other developmental disabilities. The victims and their families were unable to receive the proper justice because current Ohio law only applies to minors and not impaired adults.

Detective Christina Cottom said, “Family members can be assured that any ailing or infirmed family member of any age cannot be photographed or filmed in any state of nudity without facing prosecution under this bill, once it becomes law.” Detective Cottom is from the Cleveland Police Department and was involved in the original case.

Substitute House Bill 68 passed unanimously and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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