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If you know of someone who has committed a child sexual crime are you no to say anything about it or e

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NJ

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Yes. The person happens to be my son-in-law and has done 3 1/2 years in prison. He refuses to continue his psychiatric treatment. Him and my daughter are divorcing but he has been acting strange around their one old son. He is getting three day visting rights

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Yes, we have just learned the strange thing he has been doing to my daughter like telling she is the little child he can abuse and demanding her to dress him in diapers

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago

The person's name is T******J**** B*******. Did time in Fort Dix, NJ

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In New Jersey, everyone in the state is a mandated reporter when it comes to issues of child abuse and neglect. You don't have to be 100% sure of what's going on to be required to report it. It's enough that you have a reasonable suspicion that someone may be sexually abusing a child. The matter should be reported to DCF. Failure to do so is actually a criminal offense in NJ and can be prosecuted.

Here's the statute, below:

9:6-8.14. VIOLATIONS INCLUDING FAILURE TO MAKE REPORT; DISORDERLY PERSON

Any person knowingly violating the provisions of this act including the failure to report an act of child abuse having reasonable cause to believe that an act of child abuse has been committed, is a disorderly person.

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