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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, like all states in the USA, has a child endangerment statute.  Currently, that statute is being invoked in a legal rehash of the Jerry Sandusky ‘pedophile’ allegations for several Penn State University higher-ups.

Allegedly, one of the current defendants saw Mr. Sandusky with a minor boy in a shower and did not report that to authorities.  Now, for that omission, he faces up to five years imprisonment under “child endangerment” charges.

What’s child endangerment per the statue?

Pennsylvania child abuse laws, like the abuse laws found in other states, fall under the criminal or penal code. The crime is broadly defined to include any type of cruelty inflicted on a child, such as mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault or exploitation, and neglect.  Charges for physical child abuse often include assault and battery. Additionally, child abuse laws include provisions requiring certain adults with access to children (such as teachers and doctors) to report signs of abuse.  [1]

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