Kean, Bipartisan Bill to Create Stronger Penalties for Child Pornography Violations Becomes Law

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Kean that would strengthen New Jersey’s child pornography laws and establish additional penalties for violators was signed into law by the Governor today.

“If someone in New Jersey has engaged in the large-scale collection or distribution of pictures of children in sexually suggestive poses, they pose a serious threat to our children and our community,” said Senator Kean. “The Attorney General has highlighted the need to better address this growing problem, including the establishment of new child pornography crimes, tougher punishments, and better monitoring of offenders. There’s a bipartisan consensus that these protections are overdue.”

The new law, S-3219, expands the definition of child pornography to include the portrayal of a child in a sexual manner, defined as: (1) depicting a child’s less than completely and opaquely covered intimate parts, as defined in current statute, or any form of contact with the intimate parts in a manner that, by means of the posing, composition, format, or animated sensual details, emits sensuality with sufficient impact to concentrate prurient interest on the child; or (2) otherwise depicting a child for the purpose of sexual stimulation or gratification of any person who may view the depiction where the depiction does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

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