SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate unanimously passed a bill adding coaches and administrators in K-12 schools to the list of California workers who are required to report suspected child abuse to authorities, legislation that arose in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse case.
Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon of Monterey Park says coaches are in a position of trust and must be required to immediately report suspicions.
He says the need for AB1435 was illustrated by the Penn State case, in which former coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys between 1994 and 2008.
Former co-workers allegedly knew of some abuse but failed to report it.
The bill applies to public and private schools. It passed Thursday 36-0 and returns to the Assembly for a final vote.