OH8: SW for “biological and/or forensic evidence” in a sex crime permitted seizure of a towel

The search warrant specifically stated that police would search for items that might have biological and/or forensic material and any other evidence tending to establish rape, but it didn’t specify a towel. The towel seized fell under the scope of the search warrant because it was an item that could contain biological and/or forensic material or could be other evidence tending to establish the crime of rape which is what the search warrant sought. State v. Harris, 2018-Ohio-578, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 603 (8th Dist. Feb. 15, 2018).*

Another Playpen warrant sustained. United States v. Stepus, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25853 (D. Mass. Feb. 16, 2018).*

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