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Child Abuse - Part 2

A New York court ruled that a teacher who failed to report a known case of child abuse could not be sued by the parents of the victim.

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Key point 4-08. Every state has a child abuse reporting law that requires persons designated as mandatory reporters to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of child abuse. Ministers are mandatory reporters in many states. Some states exempt ministers from reporting child abuse if they learned of the abuse in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege. Ministers may face criminal and civil liability for failing to report child abuse.

A New York court ruled that a teacher who failed to report a known case of child abuse could not be sued by the parents of the victim.

A 16-year old male (Kevin) attended a summer theatre program where he was sexually molested by a male instructor. The instructor was later convicted of a felony, and sent to prison. Kevin's parents sued the offender, and they also sued a music teacher at the school Kevin attended. They ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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