TRENTON – A group of measures sponsored by Senator Jim Beach which would upgrade the penalties associated with child pornography were unanimously approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“As a parent and a grandparent and a legislator, it is my responsibility to do what I can to help ensure the safety and well-being of the children of New Jersey,” said Senator Beach, D-Camden. “These measures are designed to send a clear message that anyone who intends to harm our youth will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must protect the children of our State.”
One measure, S-2702, would establish the “Computer Crime Prevention Fund,” within the Department of the Treasury. The bill would impose additional penalties on individuals convicted of knowingly possessing or viewing child pornography or selling, distributing or exhibiting obscene material to a child under the age of 18, to cover the cost of the fund. The Fund would be used to help with the investigation and prosecution of computer-related crimes, as well as to help offset the cost of continuing educational programs on high technology crimes and a 24-hour toll-free computer crime hotline.
The Committee also approved, S-2697, which would supplement the current wire tapping statute to allow a person acting under the color of law to intercept the wire or other electronic communications of a person suspected of computer trespassing. The bill defines a computer trespasser as someone who accesses a computer or other device with Internet capacity without authorization.
These measures now head to the full Senate for approval.