NM bill would make each image of child porn its own separate cri

The sale and distribution of child pornography fuels an intricate business of extreme child abuse, exploitation and kidnapping. Now, New Mexico lawmakers are ready to decide whether someone should be charged with a separate crime each time they view an item of child porn.

At the moment, someone in New Mexico could download dozens of child pornography images and face only one charge, but that would change under the new bill.

House Bill 251 would make “…each separate image recorded, or each act performed publicly shall be prosecuted as an individual criminal offense.”

The law would affected people like James Lee Thomas, who is accused of sending child porn files to an agent in the Attorney General’s Office on at least five occasions this month. After posting bond, he faces just two charges.

Under the proposed change, Thomas would face 17 counts of child pornography possession, and it would mean hundreds more for those offenders stashing caches of images on their computers.

The legislation, introduced by Clovis Rep. Randal Crowder, is listed as an emergency bill, meaning that if it passes, it would become law immediately.

source: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3721190.shtml?cat=517