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Issue Position: Criminal Justice - Child Pornography

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A current major emphasis is on trafficking in child pornography, particularly in the online world. It was several years ago that my office successfully urged the Legislature to make the knowing possession of child pornography a violation of our criminal law.

We now seem to be seeing an epidemic of this behavior, all particularly disturbing because of the studies reflecting the substantial numbers of possessors of child porn who have or are molesting a child or children.

I have travelled out -of- state repeatedly to meet with other AGs to try to coordinate our enforcement efforts. My Criminal Division Chief spent a week in Florida receiving specialized training. And early this year I helped arrange a week long training of law enforcement from around the state in computer operations to assist the investigation of online trafficking in child pornography.

Our coordinated efforts have already resulted in a number of charged cases and more are being targeted with likely charges to be filed in the next few months.

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