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(a) (1) A peace officer, prosecutor, or other public official shall not ask or require a victim of an alleged sex offense to submit to a polygraph examination as a condition for proceeding with the investigation of the alleged sex offense.
(2) The refusal of the victim of an alleged sex offense to submit to a polygraph examination shall not prevent the investigation of the alleged sex offense, the filing of criminal charges with respect to the alleged sex offense, or the prosecution of the alleged perpetrator of the alleged sex offense.
(b) For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
A. “Peace officer.” Has the same meaning as in Ohio R.C. 2921.51.
B. “Polygraph examination.” Any mechanical or electrical instrument or device of any type used or allegedly used to examine, test or question an individual for the purpose of determining the individual’s truthfulness.
C. “Prosecution.” The prosecution of criminal charges in a criminal prosecution or the prosecution of a delinquent child complaint in a delinquency proceeding.
D. “Prosecutor.” Has the same meaning as in Ohio R.C. 2935.01.
E. “Public official.” Has the same meaning as in Ohio R.C. 117.01.