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Senate Approves Bill to Enhance Penalties for Child Pornography

Senate Approves Bill to Enhance Penalties for Child Pornography

The Senate approved a bill by a vote of 46-2 that would strengthen penalties against individuals charged with possession of child pornography, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), who supported the legislation.

Senate Bill 87 would boost penalties in cases of child pornography in which the child is under the age of 10 or is prepubescent. This includes penalties for anyone who views, possesses, disseminates, photographs, videotapes or otherwise depicts these children engaging in sexual acts.

The bill also allows the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing to develop sentencing enhancements for those who sexually abuse children that are known to them.

In addition, the bill would create a special Task Force on Child Pornography to review laws pertaining to child pornography and make recommendations to improve the investigation and prosecution of offenders to ensure the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable.

In addition, the task force will recommend any necessary changes in state statutes, practices and policies relating to child pornography.

The bill was previously sponsored by the late Senator Dave Arnold (R-48), who tragically passed away earlier this month.