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Computer IT people could face jail time if they don’t report child porn

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 17:53:19-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill unveiled in the Utah State Legislature could make it a crime if a computer technician discovers child pornography on a computer, but fails to report it to law enforcement.

Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, filed House Bill 155 on Monday. The bill requires information technology (IT) people to report to law enforcement that they have found child pornography on a computer. Failure to report it is a class B misdemeanor, which carries a potential jail sentence.

Internet Service Providers and hosting services would not be liable under the terms of the bill.

Rep. Hall’s bill will be considered when the full legislature meets next week.