The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety
HomePolice DepartmentSecurity & Protective ServicesStudent Safety ServiceOther Important Links
<= || back to start || list all || =>

STALKING IS A CRIME, AND IT CAN BE STOPPED!

What Is Stalking?

First and foremost, Stalking is a crime of violence, control, or intimidation.

Stalking Behavior is not about love or romance, it is a criminal act!

Ohio has very specific laws that address stalking behavior, which provide for legal remedies to the crimes associated with stalking.

Our Current Statues Require:

A person must have knowingly engaged in a pattern of conduct (two or more actions or incidents closely related in time) that caused you to believe the offender may cause you physical harm or mental distress.

Menacing by Stalking can fall into several categories of crime ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony of the fourth degree, depending upon the circumstances and evidence presented.

Ohio was one of the first states in the nation to combat stalking crimes by enacting prohibitive legislation in 1992.