2929.194 Offenders under physical or mental disability; forfeiture.

(A) This section applies to members of the public employees retirement system except that in any circumstance in which either section 2929.192 or 2929.193 of the Revised Code applies this section does not apply.

(B) If an offender is being sentenced for a felony offense that was the cause of a physical or mental disability in the offender and was committed on or after the effective date of this section while the offender was a member of the public employees retirement system, in addition to any sanction it imposes under section 2929.14 , 2929.15 , 2929.16 , 2929.17 , or 2929.18 of the Revised Code but subject to division (C) of this section, the court shall order forfeiture of any right of the offender to a disability benefit from the retirement system that is based on the disability caused by commission of the felony. The forfeiture shall be ordered regardless of whether a disability benefit has been requested or granted. A forfeiture ordered under this section is part of, and shall be included in, the offender's sentence.

(C) Before sentencing in a case in which the sentencing court is required to order forfeiture under division (B) of this section, the offender may request a hearing regarding the forfeiture by delivering a written request for a hearing to the court. If there is a timely request, the court shall schedule the hearing to be conducted before sentencing. Not later than ten days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing, the court shall give notice of the hearing date to the offender, the prosecutor who handled the case, and the retirement system. The hearing shall be limited to determination of whether the offender's disability resulted from commission of the offense. If a disability benefit has already been granted, the retirement system shall submit to the court documentation of the evidence on which the benefit was granted.

(D) If the offender does not make a timely request for a hearing or if a hearing is held and the court determines that the disability resulted from commission of the offense, the court shall order the forfeiture of any right the offender may have to a disability benefit from the retirement system that is based on the disability caused by commission of the felony. If the disability benefit has already been granted, the court shall order termination of the benefit. Any disability benefit paid to the offender prior to its termination may be recovered in accordance with section 145.563 of the Revised Code.

(E) The court shall send a copy of the journal entry imposing sentence on the offender to the retirement system.

(F) For purposes of this section, any violation or offense that includes as an element a course of conduct or the occurrence of multiple acts is committed on or after the effective date of this section if the course of conduct continues, one or more of the multiple acts occurs, or the offender's accountability for the course of conduct or for one or more of the multiple acts continues on or after the effective date of this section.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.148, SB 343, §1, eff. 1/7/2013.