California Laws Respond to Penn State Sex Scandal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Coaches and administrators in California's K-12 schools, and all higher education employees, will be required to report suspected child sexual abuse under a pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Both bills respond to the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

California law already requires reporting by teachers, teacher aides, doctors and others who supervise children.

AB1434 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles extends the same requirements to university employees. AB1435 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento adds coaches and administrators in public and private K-12 schools.

Brown announced the signings Monday.

Both bills were prompted by the case of Jerry Sandusky, the ex-Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. Former co-workers allegedly knew of some abuse but didn't report it.


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