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Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor

The offense more commonly known as “statutory rape,” in which legal adults engage in sexual conduct with teenagers, usually results in alleged offenders in Ohio being charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. While cases involving smaller differences in age between alleged offenders and alleged victims are misdemeanor offenses, many cases result in felony charges.

Convictions not only result in possible prison sentences and fines, but may also require individuals to register as sex offenders. Alleged offenders can also experience significant hardships when applying for certain jobs, housing, or professional licensing if they have these kinds of offenses on their criminal records.

Attorney for Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Cincinnati, OH

If you were arrested for alleged unlawful sexual conduct with a minor anywhere in Hamilton County, it is in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities without legal counsel. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends clients accused of all kinds of sex crimes in communities all over southwest Ohio, including Anderson, Bridgetown, Delhi, Green, Harrison, Miamitown, Norwood, Springdale, Sycamore, and many others.

Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer Brian Joslyn can fight to help you achieve the most favorable resolution to your case and possibly getting the criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (513) 399-6289 right now to have our attorney review your case and help you understand your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.


Ohio Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Information Center


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Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges in Hamilton County

Ohio Revised Code § 2907.04 establishes that an alleged offender 18 years of age or older commits unlawful sexual conduct with a minor if he or she engages in sexual conduct with another person (who is not the spouse of the alleged offender) when the alleged offender knows the other person is 13 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age, or the offender is reckless in that regard. Under Ohio Revised Code § 2901.22 defines these two different degrees of culpability as follows:

  • A person acts knowingly, regardless of purpose, when the person is aware that the person's conduct will probably cause a certain result or will probably be of a certain nature. A person has knowledge of circumstances when the person is aware that such circumstances probably exist. When knowledge of the existence of a particular fact is an element of an offense, such knowledge is established if a person subjectively believes that there is a high probability of its existence and fails to make inquiry or acts with a conscious purpose to avoid learning the fact.
  • A person acts recklessly when, with heedless indifference to the consequences, the person disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the person's conduct is likely to cause a certain result or is likely to be of a certain nature. A person is reckless with respect to circumstances when, with heedless indifference to the consequences, the person disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such circumstances are likely to exist.

Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor offenses are generally classified as follows:

  • If the alleged offender is less than four years older than the alleged victim, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • If the alleged offender is 10 or more years older than the alleged victim, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a third-degree felony.
  • If the alleged offender has been previously convicted of or pleaded guilty to rape, sexual battery, or unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a second-degree felony; or
  • All other unlawful sexual conduct with a minor violations are fourth-degree felony offenses.

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Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Penalties in Cincinnati

Convictions for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor can result in one of the following sentences, depending on how the alleged crime has been classified:

  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 180 days in jail and/or fine of up to $1,000;
  • Fourth-Degree Felony — Up to 18 months in prison and/or fine of up to $5,000;
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to 60 months in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000; or
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to eight years in prison and/or fine of up to $15,000.

Alleged offenders can also be required to register as sex offenders if the sexual conduct was non-consensual.


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Ohio Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Arrest Resources

Reproductive Health and Wellness Program (RWHP) | Cincinnati Health Department — The RWHP or “the body shop,” is a five-year grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Health to the Cincinnati Health Department and is funded by the federal Title X program. The primary objective of the program is to provide access to contraceptives and reproductive health services to the men and women of Hamilton County. You can view recent newsletters and learn how to schedule an appointment.

Cincinnati Health Department
3101 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 357-7200

State v. Pultz, 2015-Ohio-1421 — Chad M. Pultz was convicted of three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sentenced him to 12 months in prison for each offense to be served consecutively for a total term of 36 months in prison. Pultz argued on appeal that the trial court failed to make the statutory findings required to impose consecutive sentences. On April 13, 2015, the Third District Court of Appeals found that the trial court failed to state the statutory findings required to impose consecutive sentences at the sentencing hearing, vacated the trial court’s sentence, and remanded the matter to the trial court for resentencing.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor Defense Lawyer

Were you arrested in southwest Ohio for alleged unlawful sexual conduct with a minor? No matter how confident you are in your innocence, you should still not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact Joslyn Law Firm as soon as possible.

Brian Joslyn is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Cincinnati who represents individuals in Blue Ash, Colerain, Forest Park, Miami, Montgomery, Reading, Springfield, Symmes, and many surrounding areas in and around Hamilton County. You can have our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (513) 399-6289 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.


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