Protecting Childern On The Internet
The House unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday, which would raise the penalty level from a misdemeanor to a felony for those who solicit sex online from a police officer posing as a child. The bill was approved 119-0. It was earlier approved 46-0 by the state Senate. The bill now returns to the Senate, which will consider minor House changes. North Carolina cases of child sexual exploitation rose from 11 in 2001 to 533 in 2004, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.