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Columbus lawyer Brandon Shroy has a history of successful defense against sexual offense allegations
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Sex offenses are being reported with increasing frequency as attitudes regarding sexual norms and what constitutes consent changes, and law enforcement agencies have dedicated more time and resources to their investigation and prosecution. Such charges carry an especially harsh stigma.
A guilty finding to a sex offense in Ohio results in a mandatory period of “reporting” as a sex offender. Ohio law has three different tiers of reporting:
Tier I reporting: 15 years of sex offense registration with annual reporting to the sheriff’s department
Tier II reporting: 25 years of sex offense registration with reporting every 6 months to the sheriff’s department
Tier III reporting: Lifetime registration as a sex offender with reporting every 3 months to the sheriff’s department
Reporting as a sex offender is public record which is often posted online by the local sheriff's department and is searchable through the U.S. Department of Justice. Sexual misconduct allegations are very serious and should not be taken lightly. Make sure you have an attorney experienced in defense against allegations of sexual misconduct. Contact Ohio attorney Brandon Shroy today.
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Rape (F1) - engaging in unwanted sexual conduct without the consent of the other person. Usually achieved by force, threat of force, or intimidation.
Sexual battery (F3) - engaging in sexual conduct where the other person was coerced and/or unable to resist.
Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor (F2) - creating, reproducing, publishing, buying, selling, distributing, or publicly displaying obscene material involving a minor/minors.
Unlawful sexual conduct with minor - a person, who is 18 or older, can be charged with this offense if they knowingly or recklessly engaged in sexual conduct with another person who is 13 years old but less than 16. Prior criminal history and the range of age between the person and minor are used in determining which level of felony or misdemeanor the perpetrator will be charged with.
Gross Sexual Imposition (GSI) - touching another person's erogenous areas (thighs, genitals, breasts, etc) for the purposes of sexual gratification, using force or threat of force; use of drugs/alcohol, deception; or if the other person is under 13.
Sexual Imposition - touching another person's erogenous areas when the touching is offensive to the alleged victim; the alleged offender knows the alleged victim is impaired by drugs/alcohol; the alleged victim is asleep or passed out; the alleged victim is between 13 and 16; or the alleged offender is using their status as a mental health professional to persuade a patient that it is for medical necessity.
Importuning - attempting to engage in sexual activity with an individual under the age of 13, regardless of whether or not the alleged offender is aware of the individual's age.
Voyeurism - invading someone else's privacy to spy or eavesdrop on them for one's own sexual arousal or gratification. This charge also encompasses taking pictures of or filming someone in a state of privacy. Depending on the details of the alleged crime, this can be charged anywhere from a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree to a felony of the 5th degree.
Public Indecency - exposing oneself or engaging in a sexual act in close proximity to others who are not members of one's household. Depending on the details of the alleged crime, this can be charged anywhere from a misdemeanor of the 4th degree to a felony of the 5th degree.
Prostitution - engaging in sexual activity for money or payment. This is charged as a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree, or a felony of the 4th or 5th degree if the alleged perpetrator has tested positive for HIV/AIDS.
Solicitation - soliciting a person to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money. This is charged as a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree, or a felony of the 4th or 5th degree if the alleged perpetrator has tested positive for HIV/AIDS.