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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Praises Passage of Child Internet Safety Legislation by State Assembly


MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen issued the following statement regarding the approval by the State Assembly of Assembly Bill 100, legislation written and supported by his office:


"I commend the Assembly for its passage of AB 100.   The bill improves the criminal code regarding child sex crimes and will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to apprehend offenders before they victimize our children.  I would like to thank Representative Tony Staskunas for sponsoring the bill,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


AB 100 removes any uncertainty whether a prosecutor can seek the maximum penalty for a perpetrator who uses a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, or who causes a child to view or listen to sexual activity, when the “victim” is an undercover agent posing as a child. 


AB 100 also amends the criminal discovery statute to generally allow the prosecution and defense to inspect child pornography evidence only in a location maintained by the court or a law enforcement agency.  This provision is modeled after a similar federal rule adopted in 2006.  While increasing the security of these images, the bill maintains a defendant’s opportunity to fully present a defense to criminal charges.


The Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is led by the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  DCI investigates Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) cases, provides assistance to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in these cases (for example, by providing computer forensic services), provides training to law enforcement and prosecutors, provides community training on issues relating to Internet safety, and coordinates statewide and regional collaboration and information sharing relating to Internet Crimes Against Children.


There are more than 170 local law enforcement agencies that are members of the DOJ-ICAC Task Force.