Reporting Child Sexual Predators,
Fumbling a Duty to Protect Children
The Penn State locker room has focused this nation’s attention on child sexual predators and the responsibility for school personnel and other professionals to report child sexual abuse. This presentation reviews the Penn State case and the ethical decisions that allowed a sexual predator to continue to sexually abuse children. We will also review R.C. 2151.421, Ohio’s reporting statute that requires school personnel and other professionals to report sexual abuse. Finally, we will review Ohio case law and procedures regarding the identification and prosecution of sexual predators. This seminar was presented to Ohio Prosecutors at the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association 2012 Fall Seminar and to a graduate level course for social workers where it received great reviews.