Â 04/29/13 One of State Senator Randy Headâ€™s (R – Logansport) bills to protect Hoosier children cleared the Senate and House of Representatives today. Senate Bill 347 now moves to the governorâ€™s desk for final approval.
SB 347 makes the following changes to Indianaâ€™s criminal code:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Makes it illegal for sex offenders on probation to communicate with a minor less than 16 years of age using a social networking site.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Makes it â€śattempted child molestingâ€ť to solicit a child online and then travel to meet him or her.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Specifies that a person at least 18 years of age can be charged with inappropriate communication with a child. Under current law, the offense can only be committed by a person at least 21 years old.
â€śEach of the changes in this bill strengthens the penalties against those who prey on children online,â€ť Head said. â€śAs online communication becomes more and more a part of our everyday lives, even for children, our stateâ€™s laws must change to ensure weâ€™re deterring predators. Iâ€™ve been involved in the effort to update these laws for five years, and now, we have finally done that.â€ť
Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) is the legislationâ€™s sponsor in the House.