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Pennsylvania Governor Wants a Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law

The Pennsylvania Legislature is likely to pass a child sex abuse reporting law by the end of the year in reaction to the Penn State University scandal, Governor Tom Corbett said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, was charged Nov. 5 with the sexual assault of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have also been arrested on charges that they failed to notify authorities after being told about an incident of sexual abuse in 2002 and that they lied about it to a grand jury.

At that time, a graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy, the grand jury says. The assistant, Mike McQueary, testified that he reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno, who notified Schultz and Curley.

University president Graham B. Spanier and Paterno were fired last week by the university’s board of trustees. The legendary coach has not been charged, but the state police commissioner had cited a lapse of “moral responsibility” for not doing more to stop Sandusky. Corbett said on Fox News Sunday that the Board members fired Paterno and school President Graham B. Spanier “because they lost confidence in their ability to lead.”

Over the last year, Kiss said the federal Department of Education has started to enforce the Clery Act more by reviewing complaints and auditing university crime statistics.

But compliance with the act varies among universities, Kiss said.

Penn State reported nine forcible sex offenses on its main campus in 2008, eight in 2009, and five in 2010, according to the Department of Education.

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