State Representative James Arciero and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian recently testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on a bill that would allow the seizure of assets related to child pornography and enticement cases.
The bill, H.1148, would allow government agencies to sell instruments used by convicted child predators, such as vans, cell phones or buildings. However, any hard drives containing child pornography would be excluded.
Arciero, who represents Westford, Littleton and parts of Chelmsford in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was the prime sponsor of the bill, which now has 18 co-sponsors.
In a statement, he indicated that the funding could help fund programs that would keep children safe and provide therapy for victims.
“We must have a zero tolerance for those who would engage in child pornography and enticement, some of the most heinous crimes in society,” said Arciero. “This common sense measure will provide a new source of funding to help prevent future cases of abuse and protect children from these dangerous predators.”
During the last session of the legislature, Arciero introduced bills allowing victims of sexual abuse to provide statements in the classifications of sex offenders, impacting the dissemination of information on Level 2 sex offenders , and a complete overhaul of the sex offender registry.