(A) As used in this chapter, “internet crimes against children task force” means the Ohio internet crimes against children task force recognized by the United States department of justice’s internet crimes against children task force program in this state.

Terms Used In Ohio Code 195.01

  • Internet: means the international computer network of both federal and nonfederal interoperable packet switched data networks, including the graphical subnetwork known as the world wide web. See Ohio Code 1.59
  • internet crimes against children task force: means the Ohio internet crimes against children task force recognized by the United States department of justice's internet crimes against children task force program in this state. See Ohio Code 195.01
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • state: means the state of Ohio. See Ohio Code 1.59
  • United States: includes all the states. See Ohio Code 1.59

(B) The Ohio internet crimes against children task force shall do all of the following:

(1) Consistent with its federal duties, coordinate a state network of local law enforcement agencies that assist federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to technologically facilitated sexual exploitation of children, internet crimes against children, and victim identification;

(2) Consistent with available funding, support the state network of law enforcement agencies by funding personnel with agencies who have demonstrated the ability to investigate and prosecute internet crimes against children;

(3) Support the state network of law enforcement agencies by coordinating and providing investigative training and digital forensic support through on-scene forensic facilities, laboratory computer forensic services, or by funding computer forensic hardware and software licensing to agencies who employ trained computer forensic personnel; and

(4) Conduct or support internet safety presentations and community outreach events throughout the state aimed at educating the public about the dangers of the internet and how to keep children safe while they are online.

(C) Not later than the last day of January of each year, the Ohio internet crimes against children task force and the office of the attorney general shall compile and provide a summary of the previous calendar year’s expenditures, including any money appropriated for the task force in a previous year that is carried over, and progress in combating internet crimes against children, to the general assembly. The task force and the office of the attorney general shall include in the report annual statistics, including statistics from affiliated agencies, consistent with the reporting requirements of the United States department of justice, office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention’s internet crimes against children task force program.

Added by 133rd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 166, §101.01, eff. 10/17/2019.