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"Ponch" Lobbies Virginia Lawmakers

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By Meymo Lyons

Erik Estrada played a police officer on television, and now he's asking the Virginia legislature to support investigators who use the Internet to catch sexual predators.

Estrada, best known as "Ponch" on the 1970s motorcycle cop show "CHiPs," is a certified member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He appeared in Richmond at the state capitol today to urge passage of a bill that would add $10 to every criminal conviction to generate at least $1.8 million a year to help fund the state's two task forces that focus on Internet crimes against children.

Estrada told lawmakers, if they had seen some of the horrific images involving infants and children that he has seen they would make sure investigators had the money to go after predators.

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