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Pennsylvania seeks to Increase Penalties for Child Pornography Crimes

Posted On: December 24, 2013 by Marc Neff

The Pennsylvania State Senate recently approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes. The bill was approved in response to the Jerry Sandusky and Catholic clergy molestation scandals that have occurred in Pennsylvania.

Under the new bill; producing, disseminating or viewing child pornography would be considered more serious crimes if the material depicts indecent contact with a child. This would make the production of child pornography as high as a first-degree felony on a second and any subsequent offense. Other related bills pending in the Legislature would increase the punishment for people found guilty of covering up child abuse and expand the list of people required to report a suspicion of child abuse.

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