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Exposing kids to porn can be considered in custody cases

Published March 13, 2014 8:34 pm

Bill passes • Would allow judge to consider it in parental-rights disputes.
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The House gave final passage Thursday to a bill to allow judges to consider intentional exposure of children to pornography by a parent in child custody and parental-rights disputes.

The House voted 67-0 to pass SB227, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, the bill's sponsor, said in earlier debate that 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."