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Internet crimes measure advances

Date: January 26, 2008
Source: Post-trib.com
By: John Byrne Post-Tribune staff writer

A bill to make it a crime for convicted sex offenders to approach minors on the Internet cleared a legislative hurdle Tuesday.

Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, said House Bill 1134 is an extension of other laws to protect children from sexual predators.

The bill would make it a felony for a convicted sex offender to make contact with a minor or somebody believed to be a minor on social networking Web sites like Myspace or Facebook.

"Anyone who thinks they know what their kids are doing 24 hours a day is just naive," VanDenburgh said after the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote.

Contact John Byrne at 317/631-7400 or jbyrne@post-trib.com


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