ASHLAND, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky state lawmakers have spoken out against child sexual exploitation online by increasing penalties against those caught doing it.
Kentucky attorneys now, with a new law in place, can indict those caught in the possession or distribution of child pornography with more serious crimes. In this digital age, it is easier to send and receive pictures online, and some use this technology to exploit minors.
The new law provides for the dissemination of material depicting the sexual performance of a minor under the age of 12 as a class C offense for the first offense and as a class B offense for any subsequent offense.
Kentucky State Police are helping fight sexual exploitation of minors online. Courtesy WOWK-13 News Staff Photo / Lane Ball.
Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb hopes this update will help prevent this behavior, but unfortunately it hasn’t proven that it completely resolves the problem.
From a psychological point of view, it does not have a great deterrent value in certain groups of the population.
Senator Robin Webb, Kentucky (D)
The Kentucky State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) is aggressively looking for this type of online activity.
Kentucky state lawmakers have spoken out against the sexual exploitation of children online by increasing penalties against those caught doing it.
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Caroline Ruschell, executive director of the Kentucky Child Advocacy Center, says it is comforting to know that the effort is being made by multiple parties.
It sends a message that this is an important issue for our community. If a picture is posted on the internet and the victim knows that that picture will be clicked multiple times, then there is ongoing trauma.
Caroline Ruschell, managing director of the children’s aid center
More information about the Child Advocacy Centers of Kentucky can be found here.
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