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 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…

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…

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