Senator Bob Deuell

February 17, 2011
CONTACT: Thomas Flanders
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Deuell files bill to protect children from pornography

AUSTIN — State Senator Bob Deuell, R - Greenville, today filed legislation that would prevent parents from intentionally exposing their minor children to hardcore pornographic material.

Senate Bill 757 was inspired by Crystal Buckner, a Dallas mom whose ex-husband forced their two young daughters to watch hardcore pornography. Prosecutors had difficulty bringing charges in the case because of ambiguity in the way the law is currently written.

"This is an important step to protect children," Deuell said. "Once this loophole is closed, no more parents will be able to hide behind the law while exposing their children to harmful material."

With the help of the Rockwall-based Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation and its founder, J.J. Smith, Ms. Buckner's story made national news and gained the attention of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

"Thanks to J.J and Crystal's hard work, parents across Texas can be confident that the state will always stand with them when they protect their children," said Deuell.