HB 407 Protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse becomes law

April 23, 2009

As the primary sponsor for House Bill 407, I’m very pleased to report that it has been signed into law.

Advancements in technology have allowed young people to experience and learn things in ways that previous generations could not even imagine. However, these developments have also exposed young people to many dangers, and this is why a bill is being put forth that aims to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. Although current law provides a certain level of protection to Montana’s children in regards to online predators, it’s simply not enough. With so many means of online communication, children are very vulnerable to contact by the wrong people.

House Bill 407 provides law enforcement with more tools to go after online predators, and makes it mandatory for law enforcement to report any images, movies, or other materials relating to their cases to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, thereby increasing the database and helping to bring more awareness to a growing problem.

 

Top row, left to right: Rep. Jill Cohenour, Rep. J.P. Pomnichowski, Rep.

Top row, left to right: Rep. Jill Cohenour, Rep. J.P. Pomnichowski, Rep. Edith McClafferty. Front row, left to right: Mike Batista, Division of Criminal Investigation, Rep. Margaret MacDonald, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Attorney General Steve Bullock

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