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State panel reviews anti-pervert bill

Proposal outlaws posting pics of minors in Internet.

Posted: March 26, 2008 2:33 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
An anti-pervert bill drafted by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been reviewed by the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento.

Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, drew up AB 2104 last summer in response to incidents of adult men in Southern California surreptitiously taking photos of teenagers at high school sporting events and then posting those images on the Internet.

The bill was introduced at a time when Santa Clarita residents, including many parents, rallied around local lawyers who filed a restraining order against a self-proclaimed pedophile who boasted about photographing little girls and posting those images on the Internet.

Smyth's proposed legislation seeks to make preparing, posting or publishing a photograph or image of any minor under 18, without the minor's knowledge or consent, on an Internet Web site containing obscene matter, a crime punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year, or by a fine of no more than $5,000, or by both fine and imprisonment.

"I am very pleased that we have now taken the first step in stopping these predators from participating in this disturbing behavior," Smyth said in a statement.

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