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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Minnesota



(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly. However, educators are required to report. Arguably, coaches may fall under the definition of “educators,” and — as such — may be required to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. Anyone engaged in the profession of “education” is required to report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty is a misdemeanor (up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine) if the abuse occurred in the preceding three years. The penalty is a gross misdemeanor (up to one year in jail and up to a $3,000 fine) if two or more children were victimized and the abuse occurred within the preceding ten years.

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