COLUMBUS, Ohio — Preying on children and spending very little time in jail; it may surprise you just how many sex offenders have been multiple times before seeing serious times behind bars.
There is an effort underway to charge those offenders federally.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Minerd says it is disheartening for his investigators when an offender faces little or no jail time.
“It is frustrating for law enforcement at times when we see repeat offenders. Let’s face it, law enforcement, it’s hard not to become emotionally caught up in a case, especially with young people. When you see a child who has been exploited,” Minerd said.
Which is why Hill and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working to charge offenders federally, so they face mandatory minimum sentences.
Hill argues one of the reasons many of these offenders see little jail time is that many sex offenses start online and legislation can’t keep up with the rapid advances in technology or tools offenders use to lure children online to get them to meet in-person.