2006 Ohio Revised Code - 2927.11. Desecration.
(A) No person, without privilege to do so, shall purposely deface, damage, pollute, or otherwise physically mistreat any of the following:
(1) The flag of the United States or of this state;
(2) Any public monument;
(3) Any historical or commemorative marker, or any structure, Indian mound or earthwork, cemetery, thing, or site of great historical or archaeological interest;
(4) A place of worship, its furnishings, or religious artifacts or sacred texts within the place of worship or within the grounds upon which the place of worship is located;
(5) A work of art or museum piece;
(6) Any other object of reverence or sacred devotion.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of desecration. A violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (5), or (6) of this section is a misdemeanor of the second degree. Except as otherwise provided in this division, a violation of division (A)(4) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree that is punishable by a fine of up to two thousand five hundred dollars in addition to the penalties specified for a felony of the fifth degree in sections 2929.13 to 2929.18 of the Revised Code. If the value of the property or the amount of physical harm involved in a violation of division (A)(4) of this section is five thousand dollars or more but less than one hundred thousand dollars, a violation of that division is a felony of the fourth degree. If the value of the property or the amount of physical harm involved in a violation of division (A)(4) of this section is one hundred thousand dollars or more, a violation of that division is a felony of the third degree.
HISTORY: 134 v H 511 (Eff 1-1-74); 136 v H 418 (Eff 8-24-76); 137 v H 741 (Eff 10-9-78); 141 v S 316 (Eff 3-19-87); 147 v H 429 (Eff 9-30-98); 148 v S 51. Eff 9-20-99.
19xx Committee Report or Comment.
1974 Committee Comment to H 511
This section prohibits any unprivileged defacement, damage, or physical mistreatment of: the national or state flag; public monuments; historical or commemorative markers; structures, things, or places of great historical interest; places of worship or their furnishings; cemeteries or gravestones; works of art; museum pieces; or objects of reverence or sacred devotion. The rationale behind the offense is that purposely desecrating any of the above objects provokes public outrage, and tends to produce a disorderly response.
Desecration is a misdemeanor of the second degree.
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