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Smyth Taking Aim at Web Porn

Posted: January 22, 2008 11:25 a.m.
Updated: March 24, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Pornographic Web sites are not meant to be viewed by minors. If a soon-to-be introduced bill passes in Sacramento, unsuspecting minors will not be part of the sites' content either.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth is introducing legislation this session to make it illegal to post pictures of minors to pornographic Web sites.
The legislation comes in response to recent reports of adult men taking photos surreptitiously of teenagers at high school sporting events and then posting them to Web sites containing pornographic material.
"Imagine at 15 discovering that your image has been stolen and placed on a very compromising Web site," said Smyth, R-Santa Clarita. "As a parent, I believe that this unwarranted mental trauma must be stopped.
"The actions of these predatory photographers have devastating impacts on the psychology of their teenage victims."
Smyth is proposing this legislation shortly after his proposed surrogate stalker bill failed to make it out of a Senate Rules Committee. That bill would have changed a law to prevent self-proclaimed pedophiles from placing photos of children spotted in public places on various Web sites.
"Much like my surrogate stalker act, which aims to protect children from pedophiles blogging about them, this bill will make it illegal to post pictures of underage children to pornographic Web sites." Smyth added.
The measure will be drafted this week and introduced shortly thereafter, according to Smyth. Voting on the bill will probably occur in the fall.


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