New Legislation to Report Child Abuse in NY

November 19, 2011 Updated Nov 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 19, 2011 Updated Nov 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)After the world witnessed administrator after administrator drop the ball following numerous allegations of child sex abuse against former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, New York State law makers did not want to take any chances and introduced a new law to broaden the scope of professionals required to report child abuse or suspected child abuse.

According to state law teachers and other K through 12 administrators are required to report child abuse. However, the College Coaches and Professionals Reporting act would add college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators, and college presidents to that list.

The law could not come soon enough as Syracuse University officials announced the assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was placed on administrative leave Thursday after two men accused Fine of having inappropriate contact with them when they were ball boys in the 1980's and 1990's.

The alleged victims told police and university officials about the abuse in 2005. Fine denies the claims and head coach Jim Boeheim says Fine has his full support.

The two victims in the Syracuse incident say the police would not investigate their claims when they came forward in 2005 because nearly 25 years had passed and the statute of limitations had expired.

But now Syracuse Police have launched an investigation and are reaching out to anyone who may have information.