Sex case involving boys to be appealed | The Columbus Dispatch

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The Licking County prosecutor says he intends to appeal the Ohio Supreme Court's ruling this month that overturned the rape conviction of a 12-year-old boy who had sex with an 11-year-old friend.
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dave

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 21, 2011
oswalt u should be kicked out of office
il Rev

United States

#2 Jun 21, 2011
Wow! Looks like someone is following their own personal agenda, no matter what the cause. J*rkoff egomaniac lawyer.
Former prosecutor

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Jun 21, 2011
What a waste of resources-not too mention an exercise in futility. Let the kid move on with his life. The u.s. Supreme court is not going to accept this case and to continue to pursue it is ridiculous. I wonder how many amicus briefs will be filed supporting his ridiculous position....i''m guessing not too many.
jesse coy

Marion, OH

#4 Jun 21, 2011
this is just idiotic this man hates gay people probably feels they should all be prosecuted they were kids the other kid wanted games how bout we get him for prostitution huh why not just because the guilty kid was bigger he is the bad guy this whole case is crap and why America is not free any more because of christian ryck idiots like this one
Ohioan

Columbus, OH

#5 Jun 22, 2011
Perhaps it is time the legislature looked into passing a juvenile sexual mischief statute?
Mustang Sally

Grove City, OH

#6 Jun 22, 2011
Why are people of the same ages even being prosecuted?

CLEARLY this is about a prosecutor gunning to make a name for himself.

Since: Mar 11

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 22, 2011
Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt needs to leave office. Read the Ohio Supreme Court decision-. consensual sex between two children under the age of 13 is not a crime under state law.
Ohioan

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 22, 2011
Mike Goffee wrote:
Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt needs to leave office. Read the Ohio Supreme Court decision-. consensual sex between two children under the age of 13 is not a crime under state law.
The OSC decision is the opinion to the present case. Ken is appealing this decision to the next higher court as is his right, however, what Ken does lack is good judgment and discrecion.
Wicked Wanda

Westerville, OH

#9 Jun 22, 2011
While it's probably a crime to reveal the names of the junenile perverts, it won't be once they turn 18. Their names will be all over town here in Newark and every one will know who they are and what they did. (that doesn't already know) I know their names and will help spread the word when both are 18. It would be wise for them to move out of Ohio on the day they turn 18. If they dont, there will be hell to pay. The SCOTUS will not elect to hear this case. Prosecutors have the right to appeal the Ohio Supreme Court decision, but they're wasting our money. These two now know that they got away with it, simply because they are too young to be charged with any crime. But we're not taking any chances in thinking that they will behave themselves. That isn't going to happen.

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From a distance

Sheridan, AR

#10 Jun 22, 2011
Oswalt is and has been a legal nazi for years in Licking County. Big man in a little pond

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#11 Jun 22, 2011
Oswalt is an egomaniac and he doesn't care how many lives he destroys to further his career. The court also addressed the behavior of the sheriff's department. This is not an isolated incident, it's the norm in Licking County. OSWALT AND THORP HAVE TO GO!!!
farmall

Cumberland, MD

#12 Jun 22, 2011
Wicked Wanda wrote:
While it's probably a crime to reveal the names of the junenile perverts, it won't be once they turn 18. Their names will be all over town here in Newark and every one will know who they are and what they did.(that doesn't already know) I know their names and will help spread the word when both are 18. It would be wise for them to move out of Ohio on the day they turn 18. If they dont, there will be hell to pay. The SCOTUS will not elect to hear this case. Prosecutors have the right to appeal the Ohio Supreme Court decision, but they're wasting our money. These two now know that they got away with it, simply because they are too young to be charged with any crime. But we're not taking any chances in thinking that they will behave themselves. That isn't going to happen.
Somebody needs to chill......
Columbus

Sunbury, OH

#13 Jun 22, 2011
Wicked Wanda wrote:
While it's probably a crime to reveal the names of the junenile perverts, it won't be once they turn 18. Their names will be all over town here in Newark and every one will know who they are and what they did.(that doesn't already know) I know their names and will help spread the word when both are 18. It would be wise for them to move out of Ohio on the day they turn 18. If they dont, there will be hell to pay. The SCOTUS will not elect to hear this case. Prosecutors have the right to appeal the Ohio Supreme Court decision, but they're wasting our money. These two now know that they got away with it, simply because they are too young to be charged with any crime. But we're not taking any chances in thinking that they will behave themselves. That isn't going to happen.
They can move to Columbus and find acceptance. Not all of Ohio is living in the stone ages like Newark.
Go Figure

Columbus, OH

#14 Jun 22, 2011
Wicked Wanda wrote:
While it's probably a crime to reveal the names of the junenile perverts, it won't be once they turn 18. Their names will be all over town here in Newark and every one will know who they are and what they did.(that doesn't already know) I know their names and will help spread the word when both are 18. It would be wise for them to move out of Ohio on the day they turn 18. If they dont, there will be hell to pay. The SCOTUS will not elect to hear this case. Prosecutors have the right to appeal the Ohio Supreme Court decision, but they're wasting our money. These two now know that they got away with it, simply because they are too young to be charged with any crime. But we're not taking any chances in thinking that they will behave themselves. That isn't going to happen.
Haven't the two boys been had enough grief over this. When will you small town attitude get over it, wanting to spread the names once they turn 18, get a life. At that age experimentation with sex is quite common, but that doesn't guarantee they will be Gay or Straight. maybe they, unlike you, have learned a lesson from this. Seems like the prosecutor has seen the Scopes Monkey Trial movie too much and is trying to beat a dead horse. This happened years ago, the boys have learned something from it and will have to live in the samll town of Newark. The prosecutor here is trying to make a name for himself with the Conservative Bible thumpers, why drag it through the streets again.
impeach the prosecutor

Powell, OH

#15 Jun 22, 2011
That licking county prosecutor should be thrown in jail and have his law license removed. What a complete azzhole.

And what a total miscarriage of justice. On the taxpayer dime.
Publius

Pataskala, OH

#16 Jun 22, 2011
The prosecutor is being disingenuous. He could have charged the boy or boys with being unruly and removed him from the home and sent him or them to a childrenís sexual offenders treatment facility for an indefinite period. They didnít have to hang the child with a F1 Felony of rape. In ten separate states, the child would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The defense offered to plea to a charge of unruly. However, the prosecutorís office refused to budge. The United States Supreme Court is not going to waste their time taking up this case because the prosecutorís office made foolhardy decisions. Moreover, the Supreme Court would have little sympathy for the prosecutorís office considering that the case Of J.D.B. v. North Carolina. Which says the police mus not only follow Miranda but also must consider the childís age when extracting or coercing a confession.
The family are devout Christians. They went to the government for help. Licking County Children Services sent the parents to the Sheriffís department. The detective held the boy in a room without reading his Miranda rights or telling him he was free to go. She brow beat him into making a full confession. These people donít care about helping people, they just want to chalk up a victory on their score sheet and call it a day.

Since: Jun 11

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#17 Jun 22, 2011
impeach the prosecutor wrote:
That licking county prosecutor should be thrown in jail and have his law license removed. What a complete ****.
And what a total miscarriage of justice. On the taxpayer dime.
.......and he protects the sheriff, who is power-crazed. It's time the Feds step in and do a full investigation of what is going on in Licking County. There are severals such incidents. The offices of Kasich, DeWine, Licking County Commissioners Feightner, Smith, and Bubb, Rep. Hottinger, and State Sen. Schaffer are aware of the issues - I know this because I sent emails to them with several examples.
Slippy

Largo, FL

#18 Jun 22, 2011
What if it were the other way around and the younger of the two initiated the contact? Kids will be kids and will experiment with each other it's a right of passage. Let it be and let the boys get on with their lives.
Yes

Aldrich, MO

#19 Jun 22, 2011
jesse coy wrote:
this is just idiotic this man hates gay people probably feels they should all be prosecuted they were kids the other kid wanted games how bout we get him for prostitution huh why not just because the guilty kid was bigger he is the bad guy this whole case is crap and why America is not free any more because of christian ryck idiots like this one
Oh another perverted God and Bible hater! What a surprise in these end times.
Marysville MOM

Marysville, OH

#20 Jun 22, 2011
This is an example of the courts wasting money. If both sides have already moved on then it needs to be done!

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