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Swearingen bill to seize property of child enticement convicts gets support

Rep. Rob Swearingen
Rep. Rob Swearingen

RHINELANDER, WI (WXPR) -  Bi-partisan support emerged for a bill authored by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.

Swearingen's bill would allow authorities to seize the personal property or vehicle used in the crime of child enticement. Child enticement would be added to the list of crimes where forfeiture of property would be allowed. Swearingen says the bill originated from a Northwoods incident.  "In Eagle River, in Vilas county, we had a case where the Internet was being used to entice children...the criminal would use their vehicle to entice children into the car...they would go to a state park or forest and potentially sexually abuse the child. So we opened up this section of the forfeiture law and we are including child enticement in that section." Assembly bill 212 was sent to the Senate after passing the Assembly on a voice vote.