In the wake of
shocking allegations against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, new issues of criminal liability have been raised against Coach Joe Paterno
and other Penn State officials.
It is alleged that Sandusky’s
raping and sexually abusing a 10 year old boy was reported to Paterno and university officials, though they did nothing
in response. Now Paterno and others have separate criminal defense lawyers
to respond to the possible criminal charges against them that they took
no steps to report the abuse.
In Arizona, certain individuals, such as doctors, psychologists, social
workers, teachers, clergy, and others have an affirmative duty to report
child abuse and child sexual abuse if they receive information that it
has occurred. Failing to make such a report could constitute a
Also, parents who allow another person to abuse or molest their child can
be charged with child abuse under Arizona law for failing to protect them.
Those convicted of the offense can receive stiff sentences, in addition
to losing their parental rights.
Expect a national push to reform reporting requirements when child abuse