TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy signed S3078 into law on June 7, which will require DNA sample collection from individuals arrested for child pornography offenses.
“Protecting New Jersey’s children is of the utmost urgency, and this legislation will help ensure that child pornography offenses are treated with the same seriousness as other heinous crimes,” said Governor Murphy. “I thank law enforcement for their constant vigilance, and the bill sponsors for their leadership.”
The legislation was sponsored by Sens. Linda Greenstein and Nicholas Sacco and Assembly members Yvonne Lopez, Eliana Pintor Marin, and Joannn Downey.
“DNA samples are collected from offenders at the time of arrest for various crimes such as sexual assault, luring or enticing a child and endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct,” said Greenstein, D-Middlesex. “Crimes involving child pornography must have ramifications reflecting the predatory nature of these individuals’ actions. Our children are to be protected at all cost and when crimes are committed against them, we must have every possible avenue to pursue justice.”