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New Utah Bill Would Require IT Workers To Report Child Porn

| by Sean Kelly

A new Utah bill would require computer technicians to report child pornography on devices or else face jail time.

Republican State Rep. Craig Hall said he plans to introduce the bill at the state’s legislative session on Jan. 25, Associated Press reports. The proposal would require IT workers to report child pornography to law enforcement or a federal tip line if any is encountered while working on computers.

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They would not, however, be required to search for it. If any is found and goes unreported, they would face a six month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

“This will help our ongoing efforts to fight the horrendous crimes of manufacturing and distributing child pornography,” Hall told AP.

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The bill mirrors laws already on the books in 12 other states. 

“The statute is only triggered if the image meets the statutory definition of child pornography,” Hall added.

Sources: AP via KSL, UPR / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, darrenleno/Flickr