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Lawmaker Looks To Clarify Child Enticement Statute

Ohio Public Radio
Rep. Mike Duffey

Child enticement charges against a convicted sex offender in Worthington were dropped recently because an Ohio Supreme Court ruling tossing out part of the statute. 

Now state lawmakers are trying to change that part of the law. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

After the convicted sex offender tried to entice at least two, possibly more, children into his car, police arrested him on enticement charges, only to find out later that part of that law had been deemed unconstitutional in 2014. The Ohio Supreme Court had ruled the state’s soliciting law was overly broad. But lawmakers haven’t fixed it since that ruling. The man is still in jail, under arrest, pending parole review. But Republican State Representative Mike Duffey has proposed a clarification that applies to strangers without any legitimate relationship to a child and also to those with prior sexual offender status. Duffey says lawmakers need to make sure to fix that law so this doesn’t happen in the future.  

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