PA 09-242—SB 1110

Judiciary Committee

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL ACTIVITY BETWEEN SCHOOL WORKERS AND STUDENTS AND INCLUDING SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS AS MANDATED REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT

SUMMARY: By law, school employees who have sexual intercourse with students who attend their schools commit 2nd degree sexual assault (statutory rape). This act makes this crime applicable to private contractors who have regular contact with students.

Second degree sexual assault involving a student under age 16 is a class B felony; if the student is age 16 or older, it a class C felony (see Table on Penalties). Those convicted of these crimes must register as sex offenders and comply with the law's registration requirements for 10 years.

The act also makes school superintendents mandated child abuse and neglect reporters. By law, mandated reporters must contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) when they reasonably believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect. Coaches, guidance counselors, social workers, teachers, and classroom paraprofessionals are already mandated reporters. Mandated reporters who do not report suspected abuse or neglect must attend a DCF-approved education and training program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Related Act

PA 09-185 makes foster parents mandated reporters.

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