Bill toughens penalty for failure to report child abuse

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HARTFORD — Teachers, school administrators and other mandated reporters of child abuse could face a felony charge under certain circumstances for not reporting mistreatment, under a bill moving through the General Assembly.

The legislation stems from an incident in Stamford where a high school principal and assistant principal were charged with failing to report a sexual relationship between a student and teacher. They received probation.

Under the bill, which cleared the House of Representatives 138-1 on Friday, people who’ve repeatedly failed to report abuse or intentionally interfered with a report being made could face Class E and D felonies, which include prison time and fines.

Stamford Rep. William Tong said lawmakers need to “make it very clear we mean what we say in our statutes.”

The bill awaits Senate action.

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