Ohio readers may be interested to learn that a federal court sentenced former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle to more than 15 years in prison on Nov. 19 for child pornography and sex crimes. The 38-year-old father of two pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution and receipt of child pornography and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in August.
Many people in Ohio and other states are concerned about the presence of sex offenders in their community. There is a significant concern that these offenders will strike again, putting children and adults alike at risk. One way that lawmakers have combated perpetrators of sex crimes is by instituting public registries.
Many Ohio residents were shocked earlier in 2015 when the popular Subway sandwich spokesperson Jared Fogle was accused of possessing child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with minors. Fogle subsequently entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 19. Fogle entered pleas of guilty to a raft of charges including possessing and distributing child pornography and 14 counts of committing sexual acts with both males and females under the age of 18.
Ohio residents may be interested to learn that a 20-year-old Indiana man who confessed to having sex with a 14-year-old will be removed from the Michigan sex offender registry. The case made national headlines after the girl confessed to claiming that she was 17 at the time of the encounter.
In Ohio, sexual battery is defined in the Ohio Revised Code. The codified law outlines both the type of conduct that is proscribed as well as the types of relationships between the two people that will make the behavior sexual battery. The law also makes sexual battery a third-degree felony when victims are older than age 13. It is a second-degree felony when the victim is under age 13.
Ohio residents might have heard that Jared Fogle, the famous Subway spokesperson who is reputed to have lost 250 pounds after fashioning a diet made out of sandwiches from the chain, is being investigated in connection with child pornography. In reaction to word of the investigation, Subway has cut ties with Mr. Fogle, at least until the investigation is over.
Ohioans who stand charged with sex crimes may be interested to hear about a June 2015 federal ruling that could change the way the accused are treated in Minnesota and other jurisdictions. According to reports, 700 individuals sued the state because its sex-offender program effectively left them incarcerated for the rest of their lives even though they had already served their jail sentences satisfactorily. These individuals, many of whom were patients at two major facilities, were committed to the program in accordance with common law, but formal inquiries revealed that none of them had a chance of exiting the facility even if they responded favorably to treatment.
A principal from northeast Ohio is already feeling the repercussions of conviction after being accused of soliciting a teen, who was actually an adult posing as a minor.
Welcome back. In our last post, we discussed how Ohio lawmakers are expected to pass a law that would change the statute of limitations from 20 to 25 years in rape and sexual battery cases and add a “floating” statute of limitations in cases involving DNA evidence from rape kits or crime scenes.
Statutes of limitations make it so a suspect has to be charged within a certain timeframe. The limitations are in place in order to prevent people from being charged with crimes based on evidence that has deteriorated over time.