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Wash. lawmakers limit sex offender computers

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has passed a measure limiting computer use by sex offenders at the state's Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate on Tuesday, and heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire for final approval. It allows an offender's computer use to be limited to word processors that can't display images, and have limited data storage.

Computer use is already restricted at the Special Commitment Center. Offenders can't access the Internet, or use certain memory devices like thumb drives.

But pornography has still been a problem. Last year, seven offenders were indicted on child pornography charges after apparently obtaining illicit images while at the heavily secured facility.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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