Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Arizona

Arizona

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Almost.  “Any person . . . who has responsibility for the care or treatment” of a minor must report abuse.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes. The law requires “school personnel” to report, though that term is probably not broad enough to cover coaches who work outside elementary, middle, or high schools. Coaches at other levels are likely covered under the broader definition cited above which requires a person responsible for the “care or treatment” of a child to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. Though the law is not explicit, college employees are likely covered under the broader definition above which requires a person responsible for the “care or treatment” of a child to report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes. Depending on other factors, the penalty is either a Class 1 Misdemeanor or a Class 6 Felony. The penalty for the latter is between one-third of a year and two years in jail or prison.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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