COLUMBUS: Victims of cyberstalking and other technology-based harassment would get better protection under a bill that is winning overwhelming support in the Ohio House.
The proposal passed by the House on Wednesday would make it illegal to urge or incite menacing by stalking through any written communication, including electronic forms. It includes any written or verbal graphic gestures.
The bill also would prohibit a person from knowingly causing someone to think the offender will cause his or her immediate family physical or mental harm. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio prosecutors and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio support it.
State Rep. Marlene Anielski, a Republican from Walton Hills, shared the story Wednesday of a constituent who suffered through electronic harassment by a neighbor without any legal recourse.