The bill creates more severe punishment for child porn possession and distribution.
Monday, March 18
The State Senate passed a bill designed to prevent child porn Monday. The legislation, which still requires approval from the State Assembly, would widen the definition of child porn to cover all victims under the age of 18 and create more severe penalties for possession and distribution with mandatory prison sentences, according to a release from Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic), the bill's primary sponsor. It would also make file sharing on peer-to-peer networks count as distribution instead of possession, impose lifelong parole for convicted offenders and prevent a possession conviction from being expunged from an offender’s record. “This legislature has the duty to pass one of the most important initiatives in …
State Police and other law enforcement agencies in the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made the arrests.
A Hillsdale resident was one of 24 men and one juvenile arrested in a statewide child porn bust, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Wednesday. David Laidlaw, 36, was charged with second degree distribution of child pornography and fourth degree possession of child pornography. The files allegedly distributed among those arrested "show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others," according to the Attorney General's Office. “Anyone who views and distributes child pornography — particularly the type of child rape videos targeted in this operation — puts himself in league with the predators who sexually assault children to create …