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O.R.C. 2905.01 Kidnapping


Kidnapping has many definitions under Ohio law. It can be the removing of a person (especially if someone is under the age of 13 or mentally incompetent) from one place to another—no matter how far for the purpose of holding someone for ransom, as a shield or during a hostage situation, to engage in some type of sexual activity against a person’s will, to hinder a governmental function, or hold for involuntary servitude (think slavery).

Typically, this crime is punishable by a second-degree felony (10 years to life), however if the crime is motivated in any part by sexual motivation or by the furtherance of human trafficking, then a first-degree felony is imposed (15 years to life).

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