Some Virginia officials hope a fund set up to help catch child sexual predators can be used to help other abused children.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli joined lawmakers and law enforcement officials Tuesday to push budget amendments that would direct some money generated from the fund to his office to fight against child predators and to social services officials to track child abuse deaths.
The fund was set up in 2010 to bankroll Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. It added $10 to every criminal conviction to generate at least $1.8 million annually for the task forces. Officials say the program generated a $650,000 surplus in 2010.
Currently, anything over $1.8 million goes to the state's general fund that pays for education, law enforcement and other core services.