COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill that would require prison time for many felony crimes against the disabled or elderly was inspired by a fake ice-bucket challenge that led to charges against five teenagers, a state lawmaker said.
The boys were charged with dumping a bucket of urine, water, and tobacco spit on an autistic 15-year-old boy who thought he was participating in a charity event.
State Representative Bill Patmon said that the arrest of the teenagers prompted the legislation he introduced Tuesday. It would require at least two years in prison or juvenile custody for certain felonies against the elderly or the disabled, plus any other punishment imposed by the court.
Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat who has a grandson with autism, said those who commit crimes against the disabled or senior citizens should get more than a light punishment.
‘‘There shouldn’t be anything that you do to a senior or a handicapped person that there shouldn’t be some kind of guarantee that you’re not going to spend some time in jail for that — no slap on the wrist for that,’’ Patmon said.