COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a law that made it illegal for police officers to have sex with minors.
The court ruled 4-3 Thursday that the law arbitrarily added police to a ban on professionals having sex with minors that includes people with authority over children.
It’s already illegal in Ohio for people 18 and older to have sex with people under 16.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor says the government can’t punish a class of professionals like police without making a connection between their job and the crime.
Dissenting Justice Sharon Kennedy says prohibiting police from having sex with minors serves a legitimate state purpose.
The law prohibited police officers from having sex with minors if the offenders were more than two years older than the victim.