Penn State University Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal Leads to “Sweeping” Changes in Child Abuse Laws

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It’s been almost a month since former assistant football coach of Penn State University, Jerry Sandusky, was sent to a maximum-security prison for child sex abuse. Now in light of the case, a legislative panel is suggesting “sweeping” amendments to the state’s child abuse laws.

The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection told the Washington Post on Tuesday that it is recommending many “sweeping” changes to the laws. One of the notable changes the commission is recommending is a compete revision of Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law.

In addition to this, the commission hopes to re-write the definition of “perpetrator” and eliminate the requirement that the child suffer “severe pain” in order for a complaint to be classified as an abuse.

Sandusky was sentenced to between 30 years in prison in the child sex-abuse case. He was recently transferred from the Centre County jail to the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill and is currently serving his sentence in a maximum-security prison.

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