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California Laws Respond To Penn State Sex Scandal

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse following his child sexual abuse trial on June 18, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.  Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse following his child sexual abuse trial on June 18, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Coaches and administrators in California’s K-12 schools, and all higher education employees, will be required to report suspected child sexual abuse under a pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Both bills respond to the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

California law already requires reporting by teachers, teacher aides, doctors and others who supervise children.

AB1434 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles extends the same requirements to university employees. AB1435 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento adds coaches and administrators in public and private K-12 schools.

Brown announced the signings Monday.

Both bills were prompted by the case of Jerry Sandusky, the ex-Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. Former co-workers allegedly knew of some abuse but didn’t report it.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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