SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
Summary of Ohio's Laws regarding sex offenders
Levels of Sexual Offenders
a) Regardless of victim's age:
gross sexual imposition
murder (sexually oriented)
b) If the victim is under 18 and offender is not a parent:
endangering children (sexually oriented)
corruption of a minor
criminal child enticement
creating nudity oriented material or performance
Every offender convicted or released after 1-1-97, of a sexually oriented offense is presumed to be a Sexual Predator unless the judge, in a required hearing, determines otherwise by clear and convincing evidence. Judges may consider any prior convictions, victim's age, use of drugs or alcohol to impair the victim, sexually deviant behavior, whether threats or acts of torture were used, offender personality disorder, or other behavioral characteristics to determine the offender's status. Judges may later determine to drop the offender's predator status. Hearsay evidence is admissible.
Each crime has certain sentence options allowed by law, but sexual predators must be sentenced to a minimum two years and up to life in prison (not local jail). The judge can later reduce the sentence or the "predator" status.
Offenders convicted with a sexually violent predator specifications must be sentenced to life in prison without parole when that option is available for the crime (except for death penalty cases). Any mandatory sentences for firearms or repeat violent offenders, or prior sentences for sexually violent predator convictions must be served consecutively. Offenders must submit to DNA collection.
Requirements include registration with sheriff and verification of changes in residence. Failure to register is a felony 5th degree if original offense was a felony, a misdemeanor 1st degree otherwise.
Sexually oriented Offenders must register annually for ten years. This is the minimum that applies to all offenders convicted of a sexually oriented offense; and also applies retroactively to similarly convicted offenders who were or are currently incarcerated. All offenders must also personally register within 7 days prior to establishing residence or when visiting for more than 7 days. Offenders who are not "habitual" or "predator" offenders are not subject to victim and community notification.
Possible Enhancements above the minimum requirement may be ordered by the sentencing judge. Habitual Sex Offenders may be required to register annually for twenty years (may be changed by court order). Sexual Predators and Sexually Violent Predators may be required to register every 90 days for life (may be changed by court order.)
Victim & Community Notification
For Habitual Sex offenders (if court ordered) and all Sexual Predators.
Ohio's county by county sex offender links
NOTICE: The information presented below is not legal advise. Specific legal questions should be addressed to your local law enforcement agency, local prosecuting attorney, or victim service provider.
Summary of Ohio's Sex Offender Registration & Notification Law (Sorn Law)
Ohio Revised Code Section 2950 creates levels of sexual crime categories: sexually oriented offenses; habitual sex offender; sexual predator; and a specification of sexually violent predator. The state will keep a record of all registering sex offenders. For juvenile offenders, this law applies only to juveniles bound over to adult courts.