- On February 4, 2015
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Santa Fe, NM –Legislation that would close a dangerous loophole that allows child predators to send pictures of another person’s naked body to anyone under the age of 16 without any criminal penalties has passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote.
“Democrats and Republicans in the House came together to close this dangerous loophole that allows sexual predators to get off the hook,” said Rep. Kelly Fajardo, the bill’s sponsor. “Now it is time for the Senate to act.”
Currently, predators who send a picture of their own genitalia to a child are punished with a fourth-degree felony. The legislation would close the loophole and make it a fourth-degree felony for anyone to send obscene pictures of any person to children.
It is common for child predators to send inappropriate pictures to solicit children. And more often than not, predators send inappropriate photos of other people — allowing them to get away without being charged with a sexual offense.
In 2014, this bill was introduced and received unanimous support from the State House of Representatives. The bill also passed unanimously through Senate Public Affairs Committee. Unfortunately, there was not enough time left in the legislative session for the State Senate to vote.