Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Maine

Maine

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Almost. Besides enumerating a list of professionals who must report, Maine also requires “any person who has assumed full, intermittent or occasional responsibility for the care or custody of the child, regardless of whether the person receives compensation” to report.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes; the above language appears to be broad enough to cover coaches.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes; the above language appears to be broad enough to cover coaches.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? No; the penalty appears to be a civil forfeiture of up to $500.

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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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