Alabama toughens law on soliciting minors for sex

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to a bill allowing adults to be prosecuted for using
computers to solicit minors for sex, even if it's an undercover
officer posing as a teenager online.

The Senate voted without dissent Friday for House revisions to a
bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Myron Penn of Union Springs.

That vote sends the bill to the governor for signing into law.

Penn said it would clear up confusion in state law and allow an
adult to be charged with soliciting a minor if the adult believed
the person online was a minor.

The bill also allows prosecution if an adult solicits sex with a minor online but never goes to meet the minor.

The bill was pushed by Attorney General Troy King.


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