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State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) co-sponsored a bill to extend the time limitation for prosecuting rape or sexual battery from 20 to 25 years. If a DNA record of the perpetrator exists, the time in which to bring a prosecution may extend another 5 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, then one of the following applies:



  1. If      the DNA determination is made 25 years after the offense      occurred, then another 5 years is allowed to commence prosecution

  2. If      the determination is made before 25 years expires from the      date of the crime, 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


“Rapists can sometimes hide their identity for years. But, DNA science and databases can now identify perpetrators years after the fact—sometimes after the legal time limits to commence prosecution have expired,” Cupp said. “So, HB 6 would give victims and prosecutors more time in which to identify rapists—and bring them to justice”.


House Bill 6 passed with bipartisan support in both the House Judiciary Committee and on the House floor. It now will go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


Cupp is serving his first term as state representative but was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1985 to 2000, and served as Senate President Pro Tempore from 1997 to 2000.  A former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, he has the distinction of being the only former judge currently serving in the state legislature. Cupp has also served as Lima City Prosecutor and Allen County Commissioner, and is a lifelong Allen County resident. He represents the 4th Ohio House District, which includes all of Allen County.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Cupp Sworn In As State Representative Of The 4th House District

 
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State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 4th Ohio House District, which comprises all of Allen County, for a second term.