COLUMBUS — State Senator Larry Obhof today announced that the Ohio Senate has voted to strengthen a law designed to protect children from kidnappers and other predators. Senate Bill 64 was introduced following a series of court decisions that declared Ohio’s current law too broad to enforce.
Senate Bill 64 would amend Ohio Revised Code section 2905.05, otherwise known as the “child enticement” law. This statute makes it a crime for a person to solicit or lure a child into a home, vehicle or other vessel. In recent years, several courts across Ohio have held that the current law is overbroad. Senate Bill 64 would fortify the law by addressing the concerns that have been raised by the courts. Specifically, Senate Bill 64 adds a section to the existing law that makes it a crime to solicit or lure a child for the purpose of committing an unlawful act.
“Recent court decisions made it clear that revisions to Ohio’s child enticement laws were needed,” Obhof said. “The changes we are making in Senate Bill 64 will help keep our children safe while making certain that anyone seeking to do them harm is punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Senate Bill 64 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.