COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) voted in support of 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 or five years after the      determination


“House Bill 6 supplements the great work that Attorney General DeWine has done to process our state’s backlogged rape kits,” said Representative Sprague. “This bill will enable us to bring these criminals to justice.”


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


House Bill 6 now awaits the governor’s consideration.

 
 
 
  
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