Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BILL WOULD ADD PUBLIC INDECENCY TO SEX OFFENDER LIST

Looks like Ohio is trying to find a way to squeeze a few more faces onto the public registry. Ohio wants to join the dozen or so states that could place you on the registry for urinating in public or getting too hot and steamy in public places.

For the text of SB 358: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_SB_358

Here is a brief news article on the subject.

http://www.thegatewaynews.com/latest%20headlines/2014/12/02/bill-would-add-public-indecency-to-sex-offender-list

BILL WOULD ADD PUBLIC INDECENCY TO SEX OFFENDER LIST
Published: December 2, 2014 11:03PM

Columbus -- Individuals who expose their private parts or engage in sexual conduct in public in view of children could end up on the state's sex offender registry, under legislation being considered in the Ohio Senate.

SB 358 seeks to prohibit such behavior if it's "likely to be viewed by and affront minors" and would increase criminal penalties against perpetrators, according to an analysis by the state's Legislative Service Commission.

The bill had a first hearing Nov. 25 before the Ohio Senate's Criminal Justice Committee.

-- Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau

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