A bill to restrict sex offenders’ use of social media passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday.
If passed, the revamped bill would prevent class A felony child molesters and sex offenders convicted of child solicitation from using sites like Facebook or Twitter.
SB 220 would also prohibit persons required to register as sex or violent offenders for crimes like kidnapping, seduction and exploitation from using social media websites to communicate with Hoosiers younger than age 16 without parents’ or guardians’ permission.
If passed, Violators could face a year or more in jail.
Last month, the 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge’s decision to ban sex offenders from visiting the websites, saying the “blanket ban” was too broad and did not protect children.
The bill now moves to the full Senate.
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