Last night, Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River, CA) voted in support of the Child Protection Act of 2012- H.R. 6063. The bill, which he is a co-sponsor, gives law enforcement much needed resources to reduce the rising threat of child pornography and online exploitation of children.Lungren released the following statement about last night's vote:
"As someone who has been involved with prosecuting criminals that exploit children, I was happy to vote in favor of this piece of legislation. It is important to give our law enforcement all the tools necessary to locate, capture and prosecute these predators who roam the internet's cyber streets.
"Protecting the victims of crime has always been a priority of mine -- as Attorney General and as a Member of Congress. I believe this bill not only combats child exploitation but has the necessary provisions to protect the victims of these heinous acts."
Background on H.R. 6063 from House Judiciary Committee:TheChild Protection Act increases the maximum penalties from 10 to 20 years for child pornography offenses that involve prepubescent children or children under the age of 12. The bill strengthens protections for child witnesses and victims, who are often subjected to harassment and intimidation throughout the trial process.
It also extends the authorization of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces for five years and increases the cap on grant funds for ICAC training programs.
Lastly, the bill improves the ability of the U.S. Marshals Service to apprehend fugitive sex offenders by giving them express administrative subpoena authority -- only for fugitive investigations of unregistered sex offenders. The bill has 38 cosponsors. Last week, Senators Blumenthal and Cornyn introduced the companion bill in the Senate.
H.R. 6063 is supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Sheriffs' Association, the Major City Chiefs of Police, and the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), among other groups.