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Pa. lawmakers want stronger pursuit of predators

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State lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would require police to be immediately notified of suspects who are captured in law-enforcement databases that track online downloading of child pornography.

Advocates said Thursday that the idea stems from the allegations of child sexual abuse by a former Penn State assistant football coach, and allegations that the abuse was not properly reported to police.

The federal Department of Justice is required to share the database with states. The bill would require the attorney general's office to share the information with police and mandate dedicated state aid for task forces to investigate.

Camille Cooper of the National Association to Protect Children says that few states provide money for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces to investigate leads in the databases.

 

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