Exposing kids to porn may be considered in custody battles

Published March 8, 2014 7:06 pm

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Judges soon may be able to consider intentional exposure of children to pornography by a parent in child custody and parental-rights disputes.

The Senate voted 29-0 to pass SB227 on Friday, and sent it to the House.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, the bill's sponsor, said cases are reported where a parent tells a child "to watch this to grow up or be a man."

In committee, one parent testified that her ex-husband was sending such material to her teenage son through social media, but the law did not clearly allow a judge to consider that in custody disputes.

"Those incidents do happen," Weiler said, and the bill makes clear "that a judge can consider that."

— Lee Davidson