According to Ohio law, common sex crimes are defined as follows: Rape, a first degree felony, refers to a person engaging in sexual conduct with another, besides the spouse of the offender, when the offender attempts to prevent resistance by administering a substance such as drugs or intoxicants, by force, or by deception, to impair the other person’s judgement; a person engaging in sexual contact when the other person who is less than thirteen years old; when, with the knowledge of the offender, the other person’s ability to consent is substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition, or because of advanced age. This definition is effective until 3/22/2020. Sexual Imposition takes place when someone attempts to have sexual contact with another knowing that that sexual contact is offensive to the other person, when the offender knows that the other’s ability to evaluate or control the offender’s behavior is impaired, when the offender knows that the other person submits because they are not aware of the contact. Sexual imposition is a third-degree misdemeanor. Sexual Battery, a felony of the third degree, occurs when a person engages in sexual activity with another, besides the spouse of the offender, under any of the following conditions: the offender coerces another to submit by preventing resistance; the offender knows that the other person is so impaired as to be unable to control their own actions; the offender knows that the other person is unaware that the act is occurring; the offender knows that the other person has mistakenly identified the offender as that person’s spouse; the offender is the other person’s parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, or guardian; the offender has supervisory or disciplinary authority of the other because that person is in custody of law or is a patient in a hospital or another institution; the offender is a person of authority employed by a school, such as a teacher, administrator, or coach, in which the other person is enrolled; the other person is a minor and the offender has disciplinary control over the other person, such as a coach or a scout leader; the offender is a mental health professional and the other is a client or patient and the professional misleads the patient to think that sexual conduct is necessary for treatment; the person is held within a detention facility and the offender is employed by that facility; the person is a minor and the offender is a cleric of the church that the other person attents; the other person is a minor and the offender is a peace officer more than two years older than the other person. Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth degree felony, occurs when a person who is eighteen years old or older engages in sexual conduct with another when the offender knows the other person is thirteen years of age or older but less than sixteen years of age. Public indecency takes place when a person exposes their private parts, engages in sexual conduct or masturbation or conduct that would appear to be sexual conduct or masturbation, in a situation where the person’s actions are likely to be seen by others who are in that person’s physical proximity. Have you or someone you know been accused of a sex crime? It’s imperative not to wait to take action. You will need a tough advocate to fight against the charges on your behalf. The Law Office of Sarah Anjum will take stock of your case and do whatever is necessary to fight for you. Call us today.