Sentencing

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 133 concerning sentencing authored by Sen. Freeman and Sen. Sandlin. The bill enhances the penalty for child exploitation and child pornography if the person has a previous conviction. The bill provides that a … [Read more...]

Minimum age to marry

 The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1418 on the minimum age to marry by Rep. Engleman. This bill:  Amends the definition of "adult" for purposes of the Indiana Code to include a married minor who is at least 16 years of age and a minor who has been completely … [Read more...]

Accessing child pornography

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard HB 1091, sponsored by Sen. Tomes, on accessing child pornography. The bill makes it a Level 6 felony to access with intent to view a photograph or other pictorial representation that depicts or describes sexual … [Read more...]

Internet crimes against children fund

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen. Crider’s SB 230 on internet crimes against children fund.  The bill establishes the Internet crimes against children fund and appropriates $2,000,000 from the state general fund to the fund. The bill requires the state police … [Read more...]

Accessing child pornography

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code heard Rep. Washburne’s HB 1091 on accessing child pornography.  Rep. Washburne explained that the bill would criminalize viewing child pornography without requiring that it also be possessed. A representative of the … [Read more...]

Various criminal law matters

S.E.A. 14, P.L. 13 Effective: §§1, 3-20 effective July 1, 2016; §2 effective March 21, 2016 Makes the offense of child exploitation a Level 4 felony instead of a Level 5 felony if the offense involves, depicts, or describes a child less than 18 years of age who: (1) … [Read more...]

Child exploitation and child pornography

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 14 on child exploitation and child pornography sponsored by Rep. Eberhart. The bill enhances the crime of child exploitation from a Level 5 felony to a Level 4 felony under certain circumstances.  The bill also … [Read more...]

Internet crimes against children fee and fund

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 197 authored by Sen. Crider on internet crimes against children fee and fund. The bill creates a fee ($10) for every felony conviction and fund for internet crimes against children administered by the Indiana State Police. The … [Read more...]