Ohio has received a 3 million dollar grant from the federal government to assist universities and private colleges in responding to sexual assaults, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine announced yesterday. As Dewine noted, the money is intended to be used help universities to develop new programs to deal with allegations and also to try to…

Yesterday U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus sentenced a Pennsylvania man to 12 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. The man was caught with the girl in a parking lot in Grove City, Ohio, where local police found the man partially undressed in his car. He was also…

The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Task Force is a team of prosecutors, police officers and others building cases based upon testing of old rape kits, the testing began as a result Attorney General Mike DeWine’s initiative in 2011. As reported by the Associated Press today, about 3800 of 4800 old rape kits have now been…

Per the Columbus Dispatch today, a baseball player for the Gwinette Braves, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, was charged with kidnapping and raping a woman at a Columbus hotel. The player was in Columbus to play in a game against the Columbus Clippers. The woman reported went to a hotel voluntarily but did not…

In the matter of Simpkins v. Delaware Grace Brethren Church, Ohio Supreme Court Case No. 2014-1953, the Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of an Ohio law which limits the rights of child rape victims while protecting the rights of many sexual predators and those who cover up their misconduct. Current Ohio law limits…

The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that children sexually assaulted at state agencies have a 12 year statute of limitations, rather than 2, to file suit. The Court ruled in favor of a 14 year old child who alleged that she was sexually abused at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware, Ohio. A general…

Columbus lawyer John K. Fitch calls it “a horrific injustice for children who are raped or otherwise sexually abused.” If victims and their parents turn to court seeking pain-and-suffering damages from their assaulants, and those who enabled them, they are limited by Ohio law to the recovery of $250,000. “A child could be raped 50…

An Ohio jury awarded $3.65 million dollars to a 21-year-old woman who had been raped twice by a church pastor when she was 15, she believed that the legal system had rendered justice. However, the trial judge ruled that the victim’s award must be reduced by 3.15 million dollars because of a Republican law which…

An individual filed a civil complaint on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio seeking to halt Columbus’ Photo Traffic Enforcement System as being in violation of Ohio’s Constitution. The complaint alleges the system established by Columbus City Code 2115 is invalid and unenforceable because it fails to provide…

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