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Updates to cybercrime laws

Date: December 28, 2006

Attorney General-elect Lori Swanson called Thursday for an update of Minnesota's criminal laws so prosecutors can root out more Internet offenses.

Swanson released a package of proposals, ranging from a new felony for adults who sexually engage minors online to a requirement that school districts have cyber-bullying policies.

"We're updating 20th century laws, which don't always fit the crimes of today," Swanson said.

Swanson, a Democrat who takes over the office next week, said state laws haven't kept pace with criminal conducted using computers.

She recommended changing the law so prosecutors can go after adults who communicate in a sexually explicit fashion with minors over the Internet. She said current law requires proof that the minor was solicited or the adult charged money for the explicit content.
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