Lieutenant Shane Bates says House Bill 39 makes it illegal to view child pornography, even if an individual isn’t storing it. The bill also makes it illegal for registered sex offenders to take pictures of kids without parental consent. Bates says one of the most beneficial parts of the bill cuts down time spent looking for a person associated with an internet username.
"Our traditional process of getting grand jury subpoena could take weeks or even months in some areas of the state. In a case that has an endangered child in it, every second that we can cut to try to help and rescue that child is valuable to us," said Bates.
The law is expected to go into affect later this year.