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Bruning Says New Statutes Make Prosecuting Sex Offenders Easier
OMAHA - Nebraska’s Attorney General Jon Bruning (Contact) is looking forward to prosecuting sex offenders under new online enticement laws.
Bruning said a recent case has caught his attention.
Nebraska State Patrol troopers recently arrested _____, 33, and was later charged with enticement by electronic communication device and sexual assault by use of an electronic communication device.
Bruning said _____ is a level-3 sex offender. He was convicted of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child in 1997. In September, a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles told investigators she had sexually explicit conversations with _____ over the Internet and phone.
Last week, troopers tracked down _____ to a home in Lincoln. Court documents indicated investigators searched the home and seized _____’s computers.
Bruning said a new law will have a big impact if prosecutors get a conviction in such cases.
“Now it’s a three-year minimum sentence for online enticement,” Bruning said. “If they go out and they try to pursue a child and have a sexual conversation with them over the Internet, we can charge them.”
Bruning said without the new law and others passed a few years ago, cases such as _____’s would be hard to prosecute because state statutes didn’t deal with such online issues.
Having higher penalties gives authorities more tools to use in the ongoing battle against sex offenders, said Bruning.
“These are children on the other end of the line,” he said. “They shouldn’t be exposed to these things.”
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