Sex Crimes

  • Sex Crimes

    Sexting Laws – It’s Illegal to Have Obscene Photos of a 16-Year Old

    In Ohio, the age of consent is 16. It is generally perfectly legal for an adult, no matter how old, to have consensual unpaid sex with a minor, so long as the minor is 16 years of age or older.  But it is a crime in Ohio for that same person to look at a photo of the minor, if the photo is determined by law enforcement to be “obscene.”  A photo can be “obscene” under Ohio law if found to show people as “objects of sexual appetite.” Under this standard, any sexually suggestive photo of a minor runs the risk of being considered “obscene.” Obscene Photos of Minors and…

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  • Sex Crimes

    How can I defend against a false claim of sex with a minor?

    False Claim Of Sex With A Minor Yesterday, I received a phone call from a Columbus man.  He said one of his daughter’s friends told another girl at school that he attempted to molest her. The police became involved and asked him to “give his side of the story.” He asked me two questions. First, he asked whether he should talk to the police.    The answer was easy: Absolutely Not! Any experienced criminal defense attorney (in Ohio or elsewhere) will tell you the same thing.   Under no circumstances should you talk to law enforcement or anyone else without first consulting with an attorney. Experienced criminal defense lawyers will always…

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  • Felony Success,  Sex Crimes

    Central Ohio Child Rape indictment dismissed!

    Rape Indictment Dismissed Our client, a 52-year-old professional man residing near Columbus, Ohio, was accused by his 13-year-old stepdaughter of molesting her numerous times over the past several years, first when she was in the 5th and 6th grade and under the age of 13, and several times thereafter when she was in 7th grade, after she had turned 13. This is when he decided he needed the best Columbus sex crime attorney. No Physical Evidence The sole evidence against our client was the testimony of the stepdaughter. There was no physical evidence supporting the rape allegations. After a lengthy investigation by children’s services and Columbus area law enforcement, our…

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  • Sex Crimes

    What is the crime of Gross Sexual Imposition in Ohio?

    In Ohio, sex crimes such as  Gross Sexual Imposition involves “sexual contact,” meaning the touching of another person’s erogenous area (thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or female breast), for the purpose of sexual gratification, when any of the following apply: (1) the offender uses force or threat of force; (2) the offender uses drugs or alcohol to substantially impair the other’s judgment or control and this is done secretly, by force, threat of force, deception, or in connection with a medical procedure; or (3) the other person is less than 13 years old. Unlike the crimes of Rape and Sexual Battery, which involve “sexual conduct,” meaning vaginal or anal intercourse,…

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  • Sex Crimes

    Is It A Crime To Possess Child Pornography In Ohio?

    Under both Ohio and federal law, it is a crime to possess child pornography. Federal Child Pornography Law Under federal law (18 U.S.C. 2252), it is a criminal offense to knowingly possess, manufacture, distribute, or access with intent to view, child pornography.  In a related statute (18 U.S.C. 2256), child pornography is defined as a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. Under federal law, there is a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography, and Congress recently significantly increased the maximum prison sentence for child pornography crimes. Ohio Child Pornography Law Under Ohio law, it is a crime to pander obscenity involving a…

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