D.C. sex abuse reporting bill advances in city council

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council has tentatively approved legislation that would hold many more adults liable for failing to report the sexual abuse of a child.

The bill also expands existing automatic reporting requirements for teachers, government workers and counselors who work with children.

People older than 18 would be required to immediately alert the police or Child and Family Services if they know or have reason to suspect that a child is being abused.

Those who don't would face a fine of up to $300, though the penalty would be higher for teachers, caregivers and government officials.

The bill must be moved on a second time before it can be signed by Mayor Vincent Gray.