Former attorneys general: end time limits on rape charges

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jun 03, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General David Yost and five former attorneys general have joined a call to eliminate statutes of limitations on bringing rape charges in the state.

Yost, a Republican, says rape should be treated like murder, which has no limits on when charges can be brought. Current law would generally limit rape charges to six years after the crime.

Yost and the former attorneys general, including Republican Betty Montgomery and Democrat Nancy Rogers, asked lawmakers to make the change in a May 31 letter.

They followed a similar request last month by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, made in light of the scandal at Ohio State University involving a team doctor accused of abusing dozens of male students decades ago.