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KSP, Justice Praise Lawmakers' Internet Sexual Predator Bill

Date of Release: 03/11/05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 11, 2005) - Kentucky State Police and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet officials commended the General Assembly for the passage of Senate Bill 106, which imposes a stricter penalty on sexual predators of children via the Internet and includes provisions for easier facilitation of prosecutions.

Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, said SB 106 exemplified another way lawmakers are working to ensure the safety of our children. "Crimes committed against children over the Internet will continue to grow as Internet capabilities grow. No child will be immune. Any child that has access to the Internet is a potential victim," said Lieutenant Governor Pence. "As a father, I want to thank Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr for leading the charge, and all lawmakers who voted to make this legislation law."

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller echoed similar sentiments, adding his praise for the legislature's attention to the need for harsher legal penalties for these criminals. "Both the House and the Senate unanimously passed this bill, which demonstrates the growing awareness of sexual predators stalking our children and the need to deter them," said Miller. "This will provide a substantial tool in successfully prosecuting people involved in these heinous crimes."

SB 106 will increase the penalty for an individual found guilty of using the Internet to solicit sex from children under 16 years of age from a misdemeanor to a Class D felony, which carries a one-to-five year prison sentence.

SB 106 also clarifies a previous prosecutorial loophole, making clear that it is a felony offense if the accused has unknowingly been communicating with a police officer posing as a child.

"Knowing that the law is clearly defined will help all law enforcement agencies in pursuit of these predators," added KSP Captain Rick Yetter, who oversees the KSP Electronic Crimes Section.

SB 106 was also co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Roeding, R-Lakeside Park, and Julie Denton, R-Louisville.

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