130th Ohio General Assembly
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(123rd General Assembly)
(Senate Bill Number 312)



AN ACT
To amend section 2905.05 of the Revised Code to expand the offense of criminal child enticement to prohibit knowingly soliciting, coaxing, enticing, or luring a child under fourteen years of age to accompany the person.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1 .  That section 2905.05 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 2905.05.  (A) No person, by any means and without privilege to do so, shall knowingly solicit, coax, entice, or lure any child under fourteen years of age to enter accompany the person in any manner, including entering into any vehicle, as defined in section 4501.01 of the Revised Code, whether or not the offender knows the age of the child, if both of the following apply:

(1) The actor does not have the express or implied permission of the parent, guardian, or other legal custodian of the child in undertaking the activity;

(2) The actor is not a law enforcement officer, medic, firefighter, or other person who regularly provides emergency services, and is not an employee or agent of, or a volunteer acting under the direction of, any board of education, or the actor is any of such persons, but, at the time the actor undertakes the activity, the actor is not acting within the scope of the actor's lawful duties in that capacity.

(B) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under division (A) of this section that the actor undertook the activity in response to a bona fide emergency situation or that the actor undertook the activity in a reasonable belief that it was necessary to preserve the health, safety, or welfare of the child.

(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of criminal child enticement, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of this section, section 2907.02, 2907.03, or 2907.12 of the Revised Code, or section 2905.01 or 2907.05 of the Revised Code when the victim of that prior offense was under seventeen years of age at the time of the offense, criminal child enticement is a felony of the fifth degree.

SECTION 2 .  That existing section 2905.05 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

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