Finally, prosecutors will be seeking harsher penalties for child pornographers, human traffickers and those who harm children. Some of the penalties for these crimes are the lowest felonies in the Indiana Criminal Code – the same as voting fraud, forgery and other nonviolent crimes. We believe those who harm children should be treated much more severely.
We appreciate the difficult task and hard work of the Legislature thus far in reforming the Indiana criminal code, and we look forward to a productive dialogue with the General Assembly and all of those interested in seeking justice for victims in Indiana. Please join us as we work to serve and protect the citizens of Indiana.
Richard J. Hertel, Ripley County prosecuting attorney