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Sex Crimes

Sexual offense allegations frequently arise from accusations that are false or made by a single witness who has no substantial evidence. If you have been charged with a sexual crime in Ohio, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight the charges against you. A conviction for a sex crime accusation can lead to very severe punishments and consequences that will haunt them the rest of their life. Alleged sex offenders not only face severe social judgment, but can also be punished with jail or prison time and fines. 

Commonly charged sexual offenses in Ohio include:

Columbus, Ohio Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a sex crime in the Columbus, Ohio area, contact the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular situation. Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm is an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to help you avoid harsh penalties and severe consequences. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation today about your alleged sexual offense in Franklin County and the surrounding areas of Ohio.


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Common Sexual Offenses in Ohio

Some of the most common sex crime charges in Ohio include the following.

  • Rape – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.02: An individual can be charged with this offense if they engage in sexual conduct with another person when the offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force. Someone can also be charged with this offense if they engage in sexual conduct with another person who is not their spouse, or is their spouse but lives separately, and:
    • They substantially impair that person’s judgment or control, in order to prevent resistance, through the use of drugs, controlled substances or intoxicant by force, threat of force or deception;
    • The other person is less than 13 years old; or
    • The alleged offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe the other person’s ability to resist or consent is impaired by mental or physical condition, or advanced age.   

This offense is punishable as a felony of the first degree, and depending on the age of the victim, may result in life imprisonment or life without parole.

  • Sexual Battery – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.03: This offense occurs when the alleged offender engages in sexual conduct with another person, and the offender:
    • Knowingly coerces another person to submit by any means that prevents resistance;
    • Knows the other person’s ability to control their conduct is substantially impaired;
    • Knows the other person submits because they are unaware the act is being committed;
    • Knows the other person submits because they mistakenly identified the alleged offender as their spouse;
    • Is the other person’s parent, including adoptive or step, or guardian;
    • Has supervisory or disciplinary authority over a patient in a hospital or other institution or is in custody of law;
    • Is a teacher, administrator, coach or other person employed by or serving in a public  school, and the other person attends the school;
    • Is a teacher, administrator, coach or other person employed by or serving in an institution of higher education, and the other person is a minor;
    • Is a person with temporary or occasional disciplinary control over the other person, such as an athletic coach, instructor or scouting troop leader;
    • Is a mental health professional who induces a client or patient to believe the sexual conduct is necessary for mental health treatment;
    • Is an employee of a detention facility and the other person is confined in the detention facility
    • Is a cleric and the other person is a minor and attends the church served by the cleric.

This offense is punishable as a felony of the second or third degree, and may result in mandatory prison terms.  

  • Sexual Imposition - Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.06: A person can be charged with this offense if they have sexual contact with a person who is not their spouse, cause another person to have sexual contact with them, or cause two or more other persons to have sexual contact when:
    • The alleged offender knows the sexual contact is offensive or is reckless;
    • The alleged offender knows the other person’s ability to control the offender’s conduct is substantially impaired;
    • The alleged offender knows the other person submits because they are unaware of the sexual contact;
    • The alleged offender is at least 18 and four or more years older than the other person, and the other person is 13 but less than 16 years old; or
    • The alleged offender is a mental health professional who induces a client or patient to believe the sexual conduct is necessary for mental health treatment.

This offense is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first or third degree, depending on the number of prior sexual offense convictions.

  • Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.04: An individual who is 18 years or older commits this offense when they knowingly or recklessly engage in sexual conduct with another person who is 13 but less than 16 years old. This offense is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree or felony of the fourth, third or second degree.
  • Compelling Prostitution – Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.21: A person can be charged with this offense if they knowingly:
    • Compel another to engage in sexual activity for hire,
    • Induce, procure, encourage, solicit, request or otherwise facilitate a minor or someone the alleged offender believes to be a minor to engage in sexual activity for hire,
    • Pay or agree to pay a minor or someone the alleged offender believes to be a minor so the minor will engage in sexual activity, whether or not the alleged offender knows the age of the minor,
    • Pay a minor or someone the alleged offender believes to be a minor for having engaged in sexual activity, whether or not the alleged offender knows the age of the minor, and/or
    • Allow a minor or someone the alleged offender believes to be a minor to engage in sexual activity for hire if the alleged offender is a parent, guardian or custodian of the minor child.

This offense is punishable as a felony of the third, second or first degree, and may result in a mandatory prison sentence.


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Ohio Sex Offender Classification

In 2008, Ohio signed into law the federal Adam Welsh Act, which was created to give a universal method to classifying sex offenders nationwide. The Act classifies convicted sex offenders into three different tiers.

Tier I – Sex offenders in this tier must register with the county sheriff at least one time every year for 15 years. The offender must also register any change of address, place of employment, or enrollment in school or an institution of higher education. Tier I sex offense convictions include Importuning, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Sexual Imposition, Gross Sexual Imposition, Voyeurism, and Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-oriented Material or Performance (Child pornography).

Tier II – Sex offenders in this tier must register with the county sheriff every 180 days for 25 years. The offender must also register any change of address, place of employment, or enrollment in school or an institution of higher education. Tier II sex offense convictions include Compelling Prostitution, Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor, Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor, Child Endangering, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Illegal Use of a Minor in a Nudity-oriented Material or Performance, and any repeat Tier I offender.

Tier III – Sex offenders in this tier must register with the county sheriff every 90 days for life. The offender must also register any change of address, place of employment, or enrollment in school or an institution of higher education. Additionally, offenders in this tier are subject to community notification to any neighborhood within 1000 feet of the offender’s address any time they change their address. Tier III sex offense convictions include Rape, Sexual Battery, Murder or Aggravated Murder with Sexual Motivation, Gross Sexual Imposition, and any repeat Tier II offender.


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Ohio Penalties for Sex Crimes

The following are suggested penalties for sexual offenses under Ohio law; however, many of these punishments can be upgraded, depending on the age of the alleged victim, whether a mandatory sentence is required, or the number of prior sexual offenses the alleged offender has been convicted of.

  • Misdemeanor of the Third Degree – Up to 60 days in jail and/or fines up to $500;
  • Misdemeanor of the Second Degree – Jail sentence not more than 90 days and/or a fine up to $750;
  • Misdemeanor of the First Degree – Up to 180 days in jail and/or fines up to $1,000;
  • Felony of the Fifth Degree – Prison time from six to 12 months and/or fines up to $2,500;
  • Felony of the Fourth Degree – Prison sentence from six to 18 months and/or fines not more than $5,000;
  • Felony of the Third Degree – Prison sentence ranging from one to five years and/or fines not more than $10,000;
  • Felony of the Second Degree – Sentence ranges from two to eight years in prison and/or fines not exceeding $15,000; and
  • Felony of the First Degree – Ohio prison sentence ranging from three to 10 years and/or fines up to $20,000.

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Other Possible Repercussions for Sex Crimes

Other consequences convicted sexual offenders can possibly face in addition to criminal punishments include:

  • Damage to their reputation,
  • Loss of employment or permanent inability to find a job,
  • Loss of friendships or relationships with family members, and/or
  • Requirements to register as a sex offender.

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Sex Based Crime Resources in Ohio

Ohio Justice and Policy Center – This organization seeks to reform Ohio’s criminal justice system by engaging in lawsuits challenging the state’s sex offender residency restrictions.

Ohio Attorney General – This website has resources to perform a search of Ohio’s sex offender registry and other background searches, in addition to applying for victim’s compensation for those who are victims of violent sexual crimes. The attorney general’s office can be contacted at:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 466-4986

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – This site provides information for sex offender searches, visiting offenders, reentry into society after a release from confinement, and workforce development for offenders. The department can be contacted at:

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222
Phone: (614) 752-1159

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers – This international organization is dedicated to preventing sexual abuse through research, education and shared learning.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Columbus, Ohio Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a sex crime in Columbus, Ohio, contact Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm to discuss the facts of your particular case.  Brian Joslyn will make every effort to help you find defenses or mitigating factors that are applicable to your particular situation in order to have your charges reduced or even dismissed. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation with an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Columbus, Franklin County and the surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.

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