Stronger Penalties For Sex Offenders Recommended

Tuesday, a House committee agreed the North Carolina State General Assembly should strengthen penalties for child pornographers and molesters.

The action comes just months after lawmakers approved tougher restrictions on registered sex offenders.

The committee now wants to focus on lengthening prison terms for people who create, own or distribute child pornography or who solicit a child for sex on the Internet.

The special House committee formed to study sex crimes also wants the full general assembly to expand treatment for sex offenders through a prison-based program that's had a high success rate.