Walker signs bill targeting child sex predators

Walker signs bill targeting child sex predators

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WAUKESHA — Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signed legislation creating new funding to combat child pornography and sexual exploitation.

The bill, co-sponsored by state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, also streamlines steps to identify Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of sex predators, according to a news release.

The measure provides $1 million in new funding for the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The money will come from state Department of Justice surplus funds after a provision imposing a new surcharge for people sentenced for misdemeanors and felonies was struck from the bill. 

Known as "Alicia's Law," the legislation named after Alicia Kozakiewicz has been enacted in several states. Kozakiewicz was abducted by a man she met on the Internet, held hostage and tortured in a Virginia basement at age 13.

"Although every bill is important, I believe this is the most critical piece of legislation we passed this session," Wanggaard said in a news release. "There is no excuse for failing to protect children from being victimized and tortured."

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