Law In Pa Would Require Teachers Doctors To Report Child Abuse To Police

11.10.11 | Sarah Harnisch

We are learning more about a law in the works in Pennsylvania that would make it a crime if you fail to report child abuse. State Rep. Dan Deasy Is going to introduce the bill. It would require an individual who witnesses or an individual who is told by a direct witness about a sexual crime against a child to report it-- not to a superior-- but to a police officer. Failure to report would result in a third degree felony charge, which carries a sentence of up to 7 years in jail. The current law only requires you to report to a direct supervisor. The pertains to those who work with children as well-- including physicians, nurses, social workers-- and teachers. Deasy said reporting is the moral and ethical thing to do, but he wants to make it the legal thing to do, too.