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Minors are generally prohibited by state law from purchasing material or being admitted to performances that are intended for adults. If a person takes certain actions that help children gain access to forbidden materials or performances, the alleged offender can face criminal charges.
The crime of deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles is a misdemeanor offense that can possibly result in jail time and fines, but the long-term consequences can be just as—if not more severe. Certain businesses in Columbus and surrounding areas of Ohio will deny employment to people who have been convicted of this sex crime.
If you were arrested for alleged deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles anywhere in Central Ohio, it is in your best interest to make sure that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients in Whitehall, Worthington, Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, Gahanna, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, and many other communities in the greater Franklin County area.
Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Columbus who was selected as one of Central Ohio’s “Top Lawyers” by Columbus CEO Magazine and has been ranked as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He can review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation as soon as you call (614) 444-1900 right now.
Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(A) makes deception to obtain matter harmful to juveniles a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $750. A person can be charged with this crime if he or she, for the purpose of enabling a juvenile to obtain any material or gain admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, allegedly does either of the following:
Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(J), the term material is defined as “any book, magazine, newspaper, pamphlet, poster, print, picture, figure, image, description, motion picture film, phonographic record, or tape, or other tangible thing capable of arousing interest through sight, sound, or touch and includes an image or text appearing on a computer monitor, television screen, liquid crystal display, or similar display device or an image or text recorded on a computer hard disk, computer floppy disk, compact disk, magnetic tape, or similar data storage device.” Ohio Revised Code § 2907.01(E) defines "harmful to juveniles" as “that quality of any material or performance describing or representing nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse in any form to which all of the following apply”:
The same statute that criminalizes pretending to be the parent, guardian, or spouse of a juvenile or furnishing a juvenile with any false identification or document also establishes penalties for minors. Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.33(B), juveniles cannot, for the purpose of obtaining any material or gaining admission to any performance which is harmful to juveniles, do either of the following:
A minor who violates this statute will be adjudged an unruly child. Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over individuals who are adjudicated unruly children prior to attaining 18 years of age until they attain 21 years of age, and, for purposes of that jurisdiction related to that adjudication, a person who is so adjudicated an unruly child shall be deemed a child until the person attains 21 years of age.
When a minor is adjudicated an unruly child, the court may:
Franklin County Children Services — Franklin County Children Services is a public agency that provides protection, care, and permanency for children who are abused, neglected, or dependent. Its social workers and support staff also work to build stable and supportive living settings for young people, strengthen family life and assist parents in meeting their responsibilities to their children. On this website, you can learn more about some of the agency’s programs and find answers to frequently asked questions.
Franklin County Children Services
855 W. Mound St.
Columbus, OH 43223
Family Solutions of Ohio — Family Solutions of Ohio is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization that provides multiple services for children and families in the Columbus area. Visit this website to learn more about some of the services the organization provides, including mental health rehabilitation. You can also read more about reasons why families should seek help when there are mental health concerns for children or adults.
Family Solutions of Ohio
1550 Old Henderson Road Suite N-271
Columbus, Ohio 43220
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