What happens to a mandatory reporter (high school principal) who does not report carnal knowledge of a juvenile?

They were given the victim’s name and the violator’s name. Also, a teacher did not report the incident.

Asked on August 4, 2014 under Criminal Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In may states - Louisiana being one of them - failure of a mandatory reporter to report suspicions of abuse (sexual or otherwise) can subject the mandatory reporter to jail time. Harsher penalties can result if the abuse is sexual in nature.  Please go and seek help from another mandatory reporter such as a school social worker or doctor.  Good luck.


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