State Senator Larry Obhof today announced the Governor has signed Senate Bill 64, which will 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 statute too broad to enforce.

“The legislature is focused on keeping Ohio’s children safe,” Obhof said. “By updating this statute, we will make certain that law enforcement and prosecutors have the tools they need to hold people accountable if they act with intent to harm our children."

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 over-broad.  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. 

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