Gross Sexual Imposition

Gross sexual imposition occurs when someone engages in sexual contact with a person against his or her will. Often times the victim is impaired by drugs, alcohol or other mental impairments.

This is not the same as rape, for gross sexual imposition involves nonconsensual sexual touching as opposed to intercourse. Nonetheless, gross sexual imposition is a serious charge in Ohio that carries significant jail time, extensive fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender.

Lawyer for Gross Sexual Imposition in Dayton, OH

Contact Joslyn Law Firm today at (937) 356-3969 if you are being investigated for, or have been wrongly accused of gross sexual imposition. Our attorneys are experienced with gross sexual imposition cases and will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

Call us today or fill out our online form and one of our attorneys will review your case for free. We assist clients in Dayton, Beavercreek, Springfield, Piqua, Troy, Huber Heights, Kettering and other surrounding areas.


Overview of Gross Sexual Imposition in Ohio


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What is Gross Sexual Imposition?

Gross sexual imposition is different from rape, for it does not involve nonconsensual intercourse. Instead, it involves unwanted sexual touching, usually in erogenous areas such as the thigh, genitals, buttock, female breast and pubic region.

Ohio Revised Code 2907.05 establishes gross sexual imposition as anyone who engages in sexual contact with an individual who is not their spouse, causes someone to engage in sexual acts with them, or causes two or more people to engage in sexual acts under the following circumstances:

  • The alleged offender purposefully compels the other to submit by force or threat of force.
  • The alleged offender impairs the judgment of control of the other person to prevent resistance through the use of drugs by sustained force, a threat of force or deception.
  • The alleged offender is aware the other person is impaired by drugs consented to for the purpose of medical, dental or surgical treatment.
  • The other person is less than 13 years old, regardless if the offender knew the age.
  • The alleged offender is aware of the other person’s ability to consent or resist is impaired because of mental or physical conditions or advanced age.

An individual can also be charged with gross sexual imposition if they knowingly touch the genitals, not through clothing, of another person who is younger than 12 and the touching is done with the intent of harassment, abuse, to humiliate or to fulfill the sexual desire of any person.


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Gross Sexual Imposition Penalties

Gross sexual imposition is a serious offense in Ohio that can come with significant jail time, extensive fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender. O.R.C 2907.05 establishes the following penalties if convicted of gross sexual imposition.

  • If the first conviction, the offender could be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor that entails a jail sentence of up to 60 days and fines up to $500.
  • If previously convicted or plead guilty to a sex-related offense and convicted of gross sexual imposition, the offender may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor that entails up to six months in jail and fines up to $5,000.
  • If convicted and the case indicated the other person involved was under 13, the offender will be charged with a third-degree felony that entails a mandatory prison sentence of one year and up to five and fines up to $10,000.

A gross sexual imposition conviction involves harsh consequences in addition to prison time and fines. Because of the serious nature of the crime, the charge could be on your criminal record for the rest of your life. 

If convicted, you could also have trouble finding a job, continuing your education, obtaining loans and keeping custody of your children. In addition, any type of sexual offense conviction will result in being required to register and be classified as a sex offender.


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Ohio Sex Offender Tier-Classification

If convicted and depending on the severity of your conviction, you will be required to register as a sex offender based on a tiered system established under O.R.C 2950.031. The classification is as follows:

  • Tier I sex offenders are required by law to register as a sex offender every year for 15 years. If a minor when convicted, you will have to register every 10 years. This is the lowest offender level. Offenses such as stalking with sexual motivation, voyeurism, gross sexual imposition, pandering obscenity and importuning fall under this tier.
  • Tier II sex offenders are required by law to register as a sex offender every 180 days for 25 years. If a minor at the time of conviction, you will have to register every 180 days for 20 years. Some of the offenses that fall under this tier include gross sexual imposition involving victims under 13, pornography, prostitution, child endangerment, kidnapping with sexual motivation
  • Tier III sex offenders are required by law to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of their life and be subject to community notification. This is the highest offender level that includes offenses such as rape, sexual battery, felonious assault with sexual motivation, kidnapping a minor for sexual activity and murder/aggravated murder with sexual motivation.

All registered offenders are required to register a change of address, employment or enrollment in high education.


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Ohio Gross Sexual Imposition Resources

Ohio Revised Code 2907.05- Full text of the Ohio Revised Code governing laws regarding gross sexual imposition can be read on code.ohio.gov. The statute offers in-depth explanations of penalties and what gross sexual imposition is. Code.ohio.gov is a website the feature full text of both the Ohio Revised Code and the Administrative Code. 

Ohio Revised Code 2950.031- Full text of the Ohio Revised Code that governs the tier classification of registered sex offenders can be read on codes.ohio.gov. The statute provides in-depth explanations of each sexual offender tier.

Find a Gross Sexual Imposition Attorney in Dayton, OH

If you have been wrongly accused of, or are being investigated for gross sexual imposition an experienced defense team from Joslyn Law Firm can make all the difference in your case. We proudly serve clients in Dayton, Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua, Kettering, Springfield, Beavercreek and other surrounding areas.

Joslyn Law Firm will fight to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your situation by possibly have the charges reduced. Call us today at (937) 356-3969 or fill out our online form and one of our attorneys will review your case for free.


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