Toepel’s Tougher Penalties for Child Porn Bill to be Signed Into Law
12/16/2013
HARRISBURG – Standing up for victims who feel like they have no voice of their own is the motivation for House Bill 321, authored by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery). The legislation calls for enhanced sentencing for those convicted on child pornography charges and successfully passed both the House and Senate chambers with unanimous votes.

“The state Task Force on Child Protection found in a 2012 report that those who committed the offense of child pornography received a wide variety of sentences, including probation, despite the egregious nature of the offense,” Toepel said. “It is never appropriate to think that the people committing these kinds of heinous acts on a child can walk away with only probation. I look forward to the Governor signing my bill into law, ensuring pedophiles are held accountable for their actions.”

Following Task Force recommendations, sentencing guidelines will be enhanced across the spectrum of child pornography charges and will be based upon the age of the child victimized, the number of images possessed, and the nature and character of the abuse. The legislation also enhances the penalty if the image in question involves any indecent contact with the child.

These crimes continue to plague our communities. According to the Attorney General’s office, approximately 2,800 individuals download or transmit child pornography every month in Pennsylvania. Also, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section (CPS) has arrested 107 individuals this year, up from just 19 arrests in 2012.

House Bill 321 now goes to the governor’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law later this week.

For more information, including Toepel’s legislative priorities, visit Toepel’s website at RepToepel.com or follow her legislative Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepToepel.

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
mstraub@pahousegop.com  
RepToepel.com / Facebook.com/RepToepel
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