Child abuse or neglect; mandatory reports involving sexual offenses. (HB1527)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Berg (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Mandatory reports of child abuse or neglect; sex offenses. Provides that for purposes of triggering the duty of a mandatory reporter to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the local department of social services, a reason to suspect that a child is abused or neglected includes a reasonable belief that a sexual act has been committed upon the child in violation of Article 7 (Criminal Sexual Assault) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2 or the statutes prohibiting indecent liberties with children. The bill also provides that any other person may make a complaint regarding such acts to the local department of social services and provides for the investigation of school personnel suspected of committing such acts. Finally, the bill also provides that all law-enforcement departments and other state and local entities shall cooperate with each child-protective services coordinator in the prevention of such sexual acts being committed upon a child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101679D
01/06/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1527)
02/04/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Courts of Justice


Helen Gregory writes:

I'm all for protecting children, I would die for my grandchildren, but on the other hand don't you educated fools know that a child can be bribed, threaten, and coached to say what ever the adult wants the child to say. How about a law to protect the the vitim of false allegations. How about Jonathan Montgomery who lost over 4 years of his life from false allegations of a 10 year old child. Come on law makers start living in the real world.