A divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that judges don’t have the authority to seal the criminal records of offenders pardoned by the governor.
Alleged serial rapist arraigned on 135 charges
The man suspected of raping more than 30 women in Central Ohio Monday made his second appearance in court.
Robert Patton Jr. shuffled into Franklin County Municipal Courtroom 1A with his hands and feet shackled. Patton wore a slight smile as he turned to face the magistrate.
The charges total 135—among them more than 70 charges of rape.
Patton’s lawyer passed on bond and the suspect was led out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies.
Although Patton was in the room for a brief period, some of his alleged victims say the moment was enough to bring back horrible memories.