Bill prohibits verbally soliciting child for sex acts

Posted April 09, 2012, at 11:09 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that plugs a loophole in Maine law that protects children from sexual abuse has been signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage.

The law, which was signed Friday by the governor, creates a new crime of verbally soliciting a child to commit a prohibited sexual act.

Maine’s current law prohibits a person from using a computer to solicit a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act. But no such prohibition exists if the solicitation is not performed with the use of a computer.

The bill addressing that lapse was sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Barry Hobbins of Saco.

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