19Apr Children will be protected from child porn under Rep. Iden bill Categories: Iden News,News Measure is part of House plan in response to Larry Nassar scandalState Rep. Brandt Iden this week testified to the House Law and Justice Committee on how children under the age of 12 will get increased protections from child pornography under his legislation.The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.“Child pornography is terrible, especially with what it does to the young children victimized by it,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “What has been almost overlooked after the Nassar scandal was he possessed and tried to get rid of a significant amount of child pornography. This gives us another example of why we must continue to step up the fight against this filth.”Iden’s plan will bring enhanced penalties for producing, distributing or financing child pornography that includes over 100 images, involves sadomasochism or bestiality, or involves a child less than 12 years of age. Individuals who distribute the pornographic material face up to 15 years in prison and a $75,000 fine. Anyone found to produce or finance production of the illegal images may be imprisoned up to 25 years and pay a $125,000 fine.“This disgusting case has shown us what we need to do to better protect our children,” Iden said. “Together, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent another Nassar case from ever happening again here in Michigan.”House Bill 5794 remains under consideration by the committee.