Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Court: Time can wait for criminals who try to flee, OH

Court: Time can wait for criminals who try to flee, OH
By Associated Press
7:12 PM EDT, July 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's high court has ruled you can run, but you can't hide from your past crimes.

In a 4-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court said Tuesday that a state law that freezes the clock on statutes of limitations for prosecuting defendants who purposely avoid prosecution applies to all their crimes. That includes offenses for which the person wasn't yet indicted and those discovered after they fled.

The suit involved a North Royalton man, Larry Bess, who fled to Georgia and assumed a false identity to avoid being charged in the molestation of his stepdaughter. After his return in 2007, Bess was accused of molesting his stepson in the 1980s.

A lower court ruled the time limit was suspended only for the existing case involving the girl, not the alleged crimes against the boy. The high court disagreed.

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