Chapter 195: INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE

195.01 Duties.

(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.

(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.

195.02 Administration.

The attorney general shall use money appropriated to the internet crimes against children task force to support the operation of the task force including equipment, personnel, and training only and for no other purpose.

The attorney general shall disburse money appropriated for the purposes of this section in the following manner:

Sixty per cent to the Ohio internet crimes against children task force;

Twenty per cent, in coordination with the task force, to local internet crimes against children affiliated agencies in good standing with the task force; and

Twenty per cent to the crimes against children initiative within the office of the attorney general for investigations, forensic examinations, and prosecutions related to technologically facilitated sexual exploitation of children, internet crimes against children, and victim identification.


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