Gov. Beshear signs bill making child pornography laws tougher

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Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 39, a bill that toughens the state's child pornography laws.

The bill prohibits registered sex offenders from intentionally photographing minors with parental consent unless the registered offender is the parent or legal guardian. Forfeiture of assets will also be allowed in these cases moving forward.

The new measure also adapts to newer technologies such as "cloud computing," which allows child pornography images to be viewed without being located on a computer's hard drive.

“In order to combat child pornography and protect our most vulnerable citizens, it’s critical that our laws evolve with technology,” Gov. Beshear said. “This law does that by allowing law enforcement to arrest persons who intentionally view these images, even if they don’t physically possess the pictures.”

Additionally, the law gives the Kentucky State Police commissioner administrative subpoena power in a select few cases when a child might be in danger.

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