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Pa. Senate OKs bill to up penalties for child porn

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania state Senate approved another bill in a wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Catholic clergy molestation scandals.

Senators on Monday unanimously approved a bill to increase the degree of child pornography crimes. The bill goes to the House, which previously approved a similar version.

Under the bill, producing, disseminating or viewing child pornography would be considered more serious crimes if the material depicts indecent contact with a child. That would make the production of child pornography as high as a first-degree felony on a second and any subsequent offense.

Other related bills pending in the Legislature would increase the punishment for people found guilty of covering up child abuse and expand the list of people required to report a suspicion of child abuse.

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