2 Ohio counties tout handling of crimes against the disabled

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.



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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The two Ohio counties that include law-enforcement representatives on local developmental disabilities boards say that approach helps get results in reviewing and prosecuting alleged crimes against people with such disabilities.

The boards in Stark and Summit counties include deputy sheriffs who help follow up on complaints about alleged assaults and other crimes against the developmentally disabled. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1NlSeet ) reports those boards work more directly with law enforcement than their counterparts in the other 86 counties.

In Summit County, police investigations involving the disabled tripled in the past two years, and all 31 such prosecutions were successful.

At the state level, Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected this week to announce a new Advisory Committee on Crime Victims With Disabilities.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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