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California Laws Respond To Penn State Sex Scandal

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Nov. 4: Happy Valley was rocked after charges alleged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had inappropriate sexual contact with at least 10 boys between 1994 and 2009. He was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation, and the details of the investigation resulted in the firing of Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno and resignation of university president Graham Spanier. (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Nov. 4: Happy Valley was rocked after charges alleged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had inappropriate sexual contact with at least 10 boys between 1994 and 2009. He was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation, and the details of the investigation resulted in the firing of Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno and resignation of university president Graham Spanier. (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Coaches and administrators in California’s K-12 schools, and all higher education employees, will be required to report suspected child sexual abuse under a pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Both bills respond to the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

California law already requires reporting by teachers, teacher aides, doctors and others who supervise children.

AB1434 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles extends the same requirements to university employees. AB1435 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento adds coaches and administrators in public and private K-12 schools.

Brown announced the signings Monday.

Both bills were prompted by the case of Jerry Sandusky, the ex-Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. Former co-workers allegedly knew of some abuse but didn’t report it.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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