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Computer child solicitation could result in property loss

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Persons convicted of using a computer to solicit a child could end up losing their computer, their house and their car.

The House voted 94-0 Tuesday to pass a bill that would provide for forfeiture of property of those convicted of soliciting a child by computer. The sponsor, Rep. Lea Fite, D-Jacksonville, said the bill is aimed at people who use the Internet to find children and then try to arrange meetings with them for sexual reasons.

Several legislators expressed concern the measure might cause a wife to lose her home because her husband was soliciting children on the computer without her knowledge.

“If she has no knowledge of the terrible crime that was committed, then her home will not be taken,” Fite said.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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