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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Virginia



(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No, but the list of mandated reporters is broad.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes. “Any athletic coach, director or other person 18 years of age or older employed by or volunteering with a private sports organization or team” must report suspected abuse.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty for failing to report is a fine of up to $500. If the abuse is severe, the penalty is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which can include up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."