Pa. House approves more child sex abuse bills

Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The state House has sent the Senate two more bills crafted on recommendations from the grand jury that investigated clergy child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. 

Legislation intended to reform the statute of limitations for civil and criminal cases against abusers passed the House last week. On Wednesday, the House approved more bills, including one that would clarify and strengthen penalties for someone who is required to report suspected abuse and fails to do so. 

Republican Paul Schemel voted against the measure because, he says, it would also eliminate the statute of limitations for failure to report. 

“How can you possibly remember, how can any accused before the bar possibly remember, what their presence of mind and what their thoughts were on whether they did or did not report abuse 10, 20, 30 years later?" Schemel said. 

Another bill sent to the Senate clarifies that civil non-disclosure agreements in child sex abuse cases do not prohibit communications with law enforcement.