Blumenthal targets child pornographers with new bill

A Bridgeport church leader with a painful past is applauding Sen. Richard Blumenthal?s latest efforts to combat child pornography. Mac Allen, of Bridgeport, says when he was 8 years old, he and his friend

News 12 Staff

Aug 12, 2012, 9:53 PM

Updated 4,357 days ago

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A Bridgeport church leader with a painful past is applauding Sen. Richard Blumenthal?s latest efforts to combat child pornography.
Mac Allen, of Bridgeport, says when he was 8 years old, he and his friend were targeted by a molester who also showed them child porn.
Allen says that experience left him so damaged that his life spiraled out of control; he became involved with drugs and gangs. He says it took him 47 years to heal.
Meanwhile, officials say the prevalence of child pornography is increasing at a rate of 150 percent per year.
Now, Blumenthal is teaming up with Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn to increase the maximum penalty for perpetrators from 10 years to 20.


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