Bill would restrict child photos in NJ

May 6, 2011 4:48:06 AM PDT
People in New Jersey might need parental permission before photographing or videotaping children in public.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee is considering legislation that would make it a third-degree crime to photograph or record children when "a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be the subject of such reproduction."

The measure stems from a 2010 incident after charges were dropped against a 63-year-old man who taped children at a swim meet in Ringwood. Police say the man told them he found young girls sexy.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the bill may be too vague to be constitutional.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande told The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record's Statehouse Bureau the bill could be narrowed to prohibit photographing genital regions of minors, even if clothed.


Information from: The (Newark) Star-Ledger and The (Woodland Park) Record