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Law Passed! - Cyber Harassment of a Child

Monday, July 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
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HB229, now Act no. 26 amends the Harassment Statute, Section 2709 of the Crimes Code to define cyber harassment of a child and makes it a misdemeanor of the third degree to use electronic communications to repeatedly make statements or offer opinions about a child’s sexuality or sexual activity or make statements that significantly ridicule, demean or cause serious embarrassment to a child under the circumstances.

Cyber Harassment of a Child is now a misdemeanor of the third degree. This allows intervention by law enforcement and juvenile probation officers who would initially review the case if it involved a juvenile offender. If appropriate, the case will be referred to juvenile court or the juvenile offender could be placed in a diversion program. An adult who engages in such conduct will be prosecuted in court, rather than be issued a summary citation, reflecting the seriousness of this form of child abuse.

 

For more information or to read the law, please visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2015&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=229.


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