During a press conference on Monday, Attorney General Roy Cooper urged lawmakers to update state laws meant to combat child sexual predators. He’s supporting legislation that would increase punishment, improve methods of tracking offenders, and strengthen reporting requirements for people who discover pedophiles. Internet social networking sites would also be required to receive parents’ permission before children could share sensitive personal information. Reps. Bruce Goforth, D-Buncombe, and Karen Ray, R-Iredell, chaired the House Select Committee on Sex Offender Registration and Internet Crimes Against Children, which made numerous recommendations that became the basis of several bills already introduced in the House. For example: House Bill 27, Duty to Report Child Porn; House Bill 28, Up Penalties/Sex Offenses with Child Victim; and House Bill 29, Sex Offender GPS/Doc Requests. To view the Attorney General’s press release and other information regarding sex offenders and child predators, go to: www.ncdoj.com.