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ACT NO. 124

(S.314)

Internet Crimes

This act revises a variety of existing criminal laws to make clear that they apply in situations where the crime is committed through use of the internet, or by use of a computer or other electronic communications device. The revisions apply to the criminal statutes prohibiting disturbing the peace, stalking, false public alarms (such as bomb scares), false advertising, publishing lottery tickets, distributing obscenity to a minor, publicly displaying sex for advertising purposes, and promoting a sexual performance by a child. The act permits crimes committed by means of an electronic communication to be prosecuted either in the place where the communication originated or where it was received.

The act also expands the list of persons who may seek relief-from-abuse orders to include adults who have dated each other.

Effective Date: July 1, 2000