With the signing of Am. Sub. Senate Bill 260 today, Ohio’s rape and Sexually Violent Predator Sentencing laws have been further enhanced. Among the changes are:
Persons convicted of raping another under the age of 13 now face an indefinite prison term of ten years to life; an indefinite prison term of 15 years to life or life without parole if the victim is under ten; 25 years to life if the offender purposely compels the victim to submit by force or threat of force; and 25 years to life, or life without parole, if the offender causes serious physical harm to the victim, or if the offender has prior convictions of raping one under the age of 13.
The bill instructs the Attorney General’s Bureau of Identification & Investigations (BCII) to immediately enter specified information in the Sex Offender & Child-victim Offender Internet Database.
It specifies that it is the intent of the Ohio General Assembly that “the offense of child rape prevails over that of sexual battery committed against a person under the age of 13 in circumstances when a person violates the prohibitions of both offenses.”