Virginia Democratic Senate Conferees Announce Support To Fund Alicia's Law
(Richmond, Va.) – The Virginia Senate Democratic Budget Conferees announced today their support for funding for enforcement of Alicia’s Law.
“This is a priority for us in the Senate and should be a priority for all budget conferees,” Senator Charles Colgan (D-Prince William), Senate Finance Committee chairman, said. “This is a long budget process and nothing is set in stone yet, but we are going to fight to put the $1.25 million back in the budget for enforcement.”
Alicia’s Law is named after Alicia Kozkeiwicz, a 13 year-old girl who was taken from her home and later discovered in the basement of a man who had assaulted her while streaming video of the attacks online.
Law enforcement officials report that they know of 19,000 computers in Virginia where child pornography is being but lack the resources and manpower to catch these offenders.
“We have the ability to track these criminals down and stop this from continuing,” Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax), also a budget conferee, said. “We need to give our local law enforcement help to start this program.”
Bills to fund Alicia’s Law were originally introduced by Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Delegate Brian Moran (D-Alexandria).
“Even though this was a Democratic initiative, we believe supporting this should be non-partisan. We are going to do our best to get funding in the budget to get this initiative started,” Senator Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) said.
Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), the majority leader in the Senate, said the need to restore money for this cause is necessary.
“These crimes are unthinkable and we need to start this program and help bring these criminals to justice.”