A new law that further defines child pornography and more heavily prosecutes those who distribute and possess it went into effect recently, and law enforcers are hoping it’ll help keep offenders behind bars.
The legislation effectively closes a gap where possessors of “child erotica” — photos or videos of children who are being portrayed sexually or exploited — but aren’t necessarily nude, wasn’t considered child pornography.
They are now.
The law was signed by Gov. Chris Christie in July 2017 and went into effect Feb. 1. Officials say it’ll help keep more predators behind bars and could help stop some from carrying out hands-on offenses.
And there’s more to it beyond child erotica.