Scott E. Murphy, ex-pastor of the Newark Heights Church of God, pled guilty yesterday in Licking County Ohio Common Pleas Court to four felony counts for engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a 15 year old female member of the church. Murphy was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison and labeled a sex offender….

A Knox County grand jury has indicted Trever L. Rodenberger on one county of sexual battery, a third degree felony, for having sex with a high school student. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Rodenberger admitted to the relationship in a conversation with the superintendent of East Knox High School. Although the student was 18, it…

On Monday, July 6, 2015, a Columbus man was sentenced to 2 years in prison for having sex with a foster child placed in his care. Per media accounts, Herbert C. King, Jr. pled guilty to four counts of sexual battery for having sexual relations with a 17 year old boy. A hospital examination reportedly…

According to numerous media reports, Bill Cosby admitted in sworn testimony in 2005 that he used a drug known as “Quaaludes” for young women that he wanted to have sex with. The admission was made in a civil case involving Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and raped her during her employment at Temple…

The Ohio legislature increased the time allowed for prosecution of rape and sexual battery from 20 to 25 years. The bill passed the House and the Senate unanimously and is expected to be signed buy Gov. Kasich. Rep. Sarah LaTourette sponsored the bill. The statute extends the time for in which prosecutors can prosecute criminal…

A Loudonville, Ohio teacher, Elliot Gornall, pled not guilty last Friday to additional charges including pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of nudity-oriented material involving a minor. Gornall had been previously accused by the Ashland County prosecutor of recording kindergarten students in a bathroom with a tiny spy camera. Gornall pled not guilty…

Last Friday, the Delaware County Ohio Grand Jury returned a two count indictment of 20-year-old Spencer Wilson of Lewis Center. Two minor girls were involved in the incident, according to a statement by Carol O’Brien, Delaware County Prosecutor. The girls were having a sleepover and left the home to meet up with Wilson. Wilson was…

Yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled that an abused child’s statement to his teachers concerning his abuse could be the basis of a felony conviction by his abuser. The Court reversed a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court which threw out the conviction of a Cleveland man because he was allegedly denied his constitutional rights…

A former Delaware Ohio home health aide was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for the rape of a sister of a developmentally disabled client that he was caring for. Abulay Nian was employed by Atlas Home Health, now defunct. Nian had a prior record but was nonetheless employed by Atlas. A DNA swab…

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault while in college, and that the vast majority of those assaults on college campuses are perpetrated by acquaintances of the victim, with freshman and sophomores thought to be at greatest risk. The study…

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