Senate Approves Bill to Enhance Penalties for Child Pornography

The Senate approved a bill today that would strengthen penalties against individuals charged with possession of child pornography, according to Senator Dan Laughlin, 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 was previously sponsored by the late Senator Dave Arnold (R-48), who tragically passed away earlier this month.

“Today, in recognition of Senator Arnold’s final gift of public service, I was extremely proud to help pass his final piece of legislation. It was made even more special that his wife and daughter were able to be here to see it get done. My hope is the House will act quickly to get this bill to the Governor’s desk,” Senator Laughlin said. “We need to take every step possible to fully prosecute those individuals who would prey on children. I also support the efforts by a special task force to study this problem.”

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.


Contact:         Matt Azeles       

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