SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Coaches accused of sexually abusing children could not – as has been alleged at Penn State University – hide behind their bosses under a bill introduced in the Illinois House.
As WBBM Newsrasdio’s Dave Dahl reports, in reaction to the child rape scandal at Penn State, State Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says a coach could not say, “I did my job” just by passing the word up the line.READ MORE: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Has 'Stepped Aside' Following Independent Probe Into 2010 Sexual Assault Claim Against Former Coach
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His bill adds to the list of “mandated reporters” – those who, by dint of their jobs, are required to call police when they witness or suspect abuse.
“What we’re really doing is saying without a doubt, we expect colleges and universities to report child abuse or neglect,” Kay said. “Secondly, we’re specifically making reference to athletic coaches or staff. That also has not been a part of the existing legislation.”READ MORE: FDA Advisers Back Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5 To 11 Years Old
While lawmakers often try to get some publicity out of a national issue, Kay says his proposed legislation has drawn Democratic co-sponsors too.
In the Penn State case, graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he witnessed assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky having sexual contact with a young boy in the Penn State locker room in 2002.
McQueary contacted then-head football coach Joe Paterno, who “apparently missed the call here, failed to pick up the ball, run with it, and do what was necessary and proper,” Kay said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Hauntings: Tales Of Of Our City's Ghosts
The Penn State scandal has cost Paterno and university President Graham Spanier their jobs.