Calif. Senate approves bill inspired by Penn State

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – All employees at California colleges would be required by law to report suspected child sexual abuse under a bill approved by the state Senate. Sen. Ron Calderon says AB1434 “can be summed up in one word: Sandusky.”

The bill passed unanimously Tuesday and now goes to the Assembly. California law already requires teachers, teacher aides, doctors and others who supervise children to report abuse suspicions.

Calderon, a Democrat from Monterey Park, says the child sex abuse convictions of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky revealed the need to specifically require reporting by university employees. Two school officials were charged with failing to report abuse allegations.

A mandatory reporter‘s failure to report child abuse can bring up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

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