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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Praises Legislature for Passage of Child Internet Safety Legislation

 

MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen issued the following statement regarding the approval by the State Senate today of Assembly Bill 100, legislation written and supported by the AG's office. The State Assembly earlier approved AB 100 in the fall of 2011.

 

"I commend the Legislature for its passage of AB 100. This bill strengthens law enforcement's ability to apprehend offenders before they victimize our children while limiting the further victimization of those harmed by these acts,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “I appreciate Majority Leader and Speaker Fitzgerald's leadership on this important public safety legislation. My thanks as well go out to the authors, Representative Tony Staskunas and Senator Julie Lassa, for their commitment to child safety, and I look forward to the Governor signing it into law,” Attorney General Van Hollen concluded.

 

AB 100 removes any uncertainty as to the proper 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 175 local law enforcement agencies that are members of the DOJ-ICAC Task Force. A list of ICAC affiliates