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The Penn State Investigation: What Texas Law Requires

(KLTV) - Under Pennsylvania Law people have a legal obligation to immediately report suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services, law enforcement or a supervisor.

In Joe Paterno's case, he was notified by another assistant coach who reportedly witnessed Jerry Sandusky abusing a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State football locker room.

The next day, Paterno notified his supervisor, Athletic Director Tim Curley about the incident. Complying with the law, but he did not notify law enforcement. However, instead of giving the full description of what Matt McQueary saw, Paterno allegedly gave a vaguer description of the incident to Curley.

Well, in Texas the law is much different.

"After you have reasonable belief that child abuse has occurred you personably have a duty to notify child protective services and law enforcement and if you don't you can be guilty of a criminal offense of covering it up. The law is real severe and it essentially says we don't care when you learn, we don't care how you learn of it, it's time to report," said Keith Miller, local attorney.

Joe Paterno could eventually face charges if he is found to have perjured himself when asked about the incident.

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