House: Viewing child pornography should be illegal

House: Viewing child pornography should be illegal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Looking at child pornography on the Internet would be illegal under a bill approved by the Utah House.

Currently, only producing, possessing or distributing child pornography is a crime.

Rep. Ron Bigelow, R-West Valley City, says anyone who views child pornography also should be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

It is unclear what would happen to someone who unknowingly or unintentionally clicks on a link that leads to child pornography.

House Bill 97 passed unanimously on Friday. It will now be considered in the Senate.


(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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