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Child Abuse Reporting

A Wisconsin court ruled that a school principal who disclosed to an alleged child abuser the identities of the school employees who reported the abuse could be prosecuted.

Key point. Persons who disclose the identities of those who report child abuse may be subject to criminal prosecution under the confidentiality provisions of the child abuse reporting laws of some states.

A Wisconsin court ruled that a school principal who disclosed to an alleged child abuser the identities of the school employees who reported the abuse could be prosecuted for violating the state child abuse reporting law's prohibition on the disclosure of the identities of reporters.

Two public school employees suspected that a child had been sexually abused. They reported their suspicion to the school principal, and a report was later filed with the state as required by law. The parents learned that a report had been filed when the state launched an investigation. They contacted the school principal because they were upset that the report had been made. The principal wrote them a letter ...

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