Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2013
Sen. Dan Newberry
Senate bill would provide resources to combat child abuse
The state Senate this week approved legislation that would strengthen
the ability of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI)
Child Abuse Response Team (CART) to combat child abuse.
Senate Bill 1002 would provide a funding mechanism for CART, and
the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. ICAC agents
investigate technology-driven crimes against children including
child pornography, child abuse and human trafficking.
Newberry, author of the proposal, said the bill would provide
law enforcement with the resources to protect children and prosecute
some of the state’s worst offenders.
“As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety
of our most vulnerable citizens, and guarantee that crimes against
them are prosecuted efficiently,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa.
“To do so, we must give law enforcement the resources and
preventative tools they need. Crimes like this permanently impact
the lives of far too many people. This bill will strengthen our
ability to combat child abuse in Oklahoma.”
Newberry said he was motivated to file the proposal after learning
about the shocking amount of uploading of child pornography being
detected by the ICAC Task Force. ICAC agents report that as many
as 1500 such crimes occur daily.
Newberry’s legislation states that any person convicted of
a crime punishable by a fine of $25 or more, or by incarceration,
will be ordered to pay a $10 fee. Funds collected through the fee
would then be distributed to the Internet Crimes Against Children
Prosecution Revolving Fund and the OSBI Revolving Fund for use by
CART and the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Approved by a vote of 46-0, the measure now advances to the House
“I’m proud that my colleagues unanimously stood in support
of this bill,” said Newberry. “This law would allow
Oklahoma parents to rest easier, and make a difference in the lives
of children who need help.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5600