sex crimes

Ohio Supreme Court: Evidence of previous crimes not always allowed in new trials

BY: - September 24, 2020

Using two different sex crime cases, the Ohio Supreme Court specified the ways in which past crimes and accusations can be used in judging the likelihood of committing current crimes. The state’s highest court affirmed the conviction in a Hamilton County in which Michael Smith was charged with the molestation of his granddaughter in 2016. […]

Ohio Supreme Court: Sexual conduct law ‘ambiguous’ on repeat-offender charges

BY: - June 22, 2020

Ohio Supreme Court justices last week ruled in favor of a Montgomery County man’s argument that he couldn’t be charged as a repeat offender in a sex-crime case because of a previous crime discovered after he was convicted. Gerald Pendergrass was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in September 2016, and the next […]