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.