- On January 14, 2015
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Santa Fe, NM – Rep. Kelly Fajardo pre-filed legislation today 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.
Currently, predators who send a picture of their 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 to children.
“We need to work together, Democrats and Republicans, to close this dangerous loophole that allows sexual predators to get off the hook,” Fajardo said. “This is just another way we can protect our children and make sure that they always come first.”
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.
“The bottom line is this: Preying on our children will not be tolerated — this is a sexual offense, and you will be punished,” Fajardo said.
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.