It would be illegal to solicit child pornography in Nebraska under a bill filed this legislative session.
Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha sponsors the bill.
“Every time someone downloads or attempts to download child pornography, it re-victimizes the child again,” Harr tells reporters during a news conference. “This bill works to hold accountable those who knowingly solicit or attempt to solicit pictures of children, images of children (victims) of sexual assault.”
Current state law only makes possession of child pornography a crime, not solicitation.
Attorney General Jon Bruning says the state is careful to make clear distinctions when it prosecutes child pornography.
“When we prosecute child pornography, it’s always prepubescent individuals. These are children,” according to Bruning. “This is never a 15-year-old girl that looks 19. So, when people think what kind of prosecutions are you making, these are very, very clearly prepubescent children. This is the kind of thing that would make most Nebraskans, decent Nebraskans, stomach turn.”
The bill also would expand the definition of child abuse to include making a child view a live sex act.