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H.R. 4203 - Combat Online Predators Act

Introduced: 2018-04-11
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
 

Combat Online Predators Act

This bill amends the federal criminal code increase the maximum prison term for a stalking offense, if the victim is under 18 years of age.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4203


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 11, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


AN ACT

    To amend title 18, United States Code, with regard to stalking.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Combat Online Predators Act”.

SEC. 2. Enhanced penalty for stalkers of children.

(a) In general.—Chapter 110A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2261A the following:

§ 2261B. Enhanced penalty for stalkers of children

“If the victim of an offense under section 2261A is under the age of 18 years, the maximum imprisonment for the offense is 5 years greater than the maximum term of imprisonment otherwise provided for that offense in section 2261.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 110A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2261A the following new item:

“2261B. Enhanced penalty for stalkers of children.”.

(c) Conforming amendment.—Section 2261A of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking “section 2261(b) of this title” and inserting “section 2261(b) or section 2262B, as the case may be”.

SEC. 3. Report on best practices regarding enforcement of anti-stalking laws.

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit a report to Congress, which shall—

(1) include an evaluation of Federal, tribal, State, and local efforts to enforce laws relating to stalking; and

(2) identify and describe those elements of such efforts that constitute the best practices for the enforcement of such laws.

Passed the House of Representatives April 10, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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