Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Minnesota


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

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly. However, educators are required to report. Arguably, coaches may fall under the definition of “educators,” and — as such — may be required to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. Anyone engaged in the profession of “education” is required to report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty is a misdemeanor (up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine) if the abuse occurred in the preceding three years. The penalty is a gross misdemeanor (up to one year in jail and up to a $3,000 fine) if two or more children were victimized and the abuse occurred within the preceding ten years.

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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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