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Governor’s Bill Targets Sexual Exploitation of Children

January 26, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Building on his commitment to protect Alaska’s children against abuse, exploitation and fear, Governor Sean Parnell today submitted legislation that would strengthen laws related to sexual exploitation of children, domestic violence, and stalking. The bill enhances the statutes relating to the creation of indecent images of children, online enticement of a child, and using a computer to solicit or entice a minor to engage in sexual behavior.

“We will not accept our children being exploited by predators and pornographers,” Governor Parnell said. “We are strengthening our laws by keeping them current with technology so we are able to fight crime and keep Alaskans safe.”

The bill would also expand the crime of stalking to include those acts of following or monitoring the victim with a global positioning device, and using or installing a device to record or photograph events in the victim’s home, workplace and vehicle, or on the victim’s telephone or computer. Stalkers use these technologies to terrorize victims.

Also, the bill would prohibit distributing sexually explicit images of children under 16 years of age.

A copy of the bill is available at:

http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell_media/resources_files/012511_childprotection.pdf

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