U.S. Senator Bob Casey has asked for a hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions into how federal laws apply to the investigation of the child sex-abuse scandal and cover-up that has consumed Penn State University, reported The Associated Press.
Pennsylvania is not one of the 18 states that require all adults to report suspected child abuse.
Casey's request results from the Penn State sex scandal and cover-up allegedly involving to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with abusing eight children over a 15-year period.
Also charged in the apparent cover-up were Penn State administrators former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz. They are accused of not reporting alleged abuse on the campus to law enforcement and with lying to a grand jury.
"The serious nature of these allegations and the evidence on the public record of failure to report by individuals at Penn State warrants an immediate review of the relationship between federal and state reporting requirements on child abuse and neglect" Casey, a Democrat, wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
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