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Passed bill in KY helps prevent child predators

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KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

More steps were taken by the government to protect children from child predators in Kentucky.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 30 providing law enforcement with more tools in protected children from Internet crimes.

For many years, legislation in Kentucky couldn't catch up with changing technology.

House Bill 39 assists law enforcement greatly in cloud computing, which is where child predators can view illegal pornography images without physical evidence of the image on the computer hard drive.

"In the past, we were saying we knew they were viewing those things, but we don't have the image or the video to prove it," says Dean Patterson. "But now, if we can prove that they viewed it, then we have that advantage now."

The bill also prohibits registered sex offenders from taking pictures of children under 18 without parental consent.

"It's important to me because each one of these children is a victim," says Bob Couchman. "When that child becomes a victim, statistically, they are more likely to turn around and be victimizing other kids down the road. Just like the drug problem, we have to put a stop to it somehow. We've got to start putting a pinch on this and reducing the number of victims we have and this is just one more tool in the toolbelt to reduce the number of victims that are out there."

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, so House Bill 39 couldn't have come at a better time.

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