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Florida Targets Online Predators

Pending law imposes stiffer penalties for child porn and offline sexual encounters.

Florida lawmakers have introduced the Cybercrimes Against Children Act of 2007. Senate and House committees unanimously approved the bill.

The act strengthens penalties for distributing child pornography and for those who lie about their age to seduce children over the Web. It would create a separate penalty for pedophiles who first contact children online, then sexually abuse them--so called "travelers." Offenders would face up to 15 years in prison, three times what the current law allows.

Attorney General McCollum leads Florida's get-tough effort. -- Photo by AP

Attorney General McCollum leads Florida's get-tough effort

Photo by AP
"Once the bill is passed and budget passed, Florida will be a national leader in this area," says Jenny Nash, communications director for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. State leaders also want to increase spending to fight child predators. Florida's House of Representatives is considering whether to expand McCollum's Child Predator Cybercrime Unit from six employees to 56.

Florida is one of the worst states in terms of the volume of child porn, according to McCollum's office. Florida's initiatives were under way before a federal judge struck down a national law that would have held content providers responsible for disseminating material considered harmful to children.

Violators come from all walks of life. A former dean at a California university last week was sentenced to more than five years in prison for possessing 5,500 images of child porn he obtained on the Web, according to Reuters. William Garner, 67, a former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, admitted in December to possession of the illicit images.

A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced Garner, who retired last year, to 63 months in prison and ordered him to pay $50,000 to a local charity seeking to prevent child abuse.

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