Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Colorado


(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, but only if the coach is paid. Volunteer coaches are exempt. A “coach” is defined as any “director, coach, assistant coach, or athletic program personnel” who work for any “private sports organization or program.”

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Not explicitly. A “public or private school official or employee” is required to report, but that definition may not be broad enough to include college or university staff.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the punishment is a Class 3 Misdemeanor involving up to six months in jail and up to a $750 fine.

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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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