The fight against child sexual predators gets some help with additional resources that will soon be available now that Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) has signed legislation aimed at better protecting children. Senator John Loudon (R-Chesterfield) sponsored Senate Bill 714 – which strengthens laws to allow police to more easily go after predators. But it also commits additional funding to help law enforcement in the effort.
The current law, which is being replaced, only provides for an attempt charge to be filed against anyone trying to use the Internet to set up a sexual encounter with a minor. The big advantage of this new law is that it will provide $3-million annually to fully fund the cyber crimes grant program, with the money spent throughout the state.