(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse? Yes. State law requires “every person having reason to believe” that a child has been abused to “promptly” report to the state.
(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone is required to report.
(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone is required to report.
(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes. Failing to report abuse or interfering with abuse is a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $500 fine. After six months has elapsed, failing to report becomes an unclassified felony. That unclassified status allows a judge to sentence a defendant to up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Notes: The law also prevents any “employer, supervisor, administrator, governing body, or entity” from interfering with or retaliating against an individual’s report.
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