Two Allegheny County representatives will announce legislation today that would make the Pennsylvania attorney general a mandated reporter of child sexual abuse.
Former Rep. Patrick Murphy will join Reps. Dan Deasy and Dan Frankel of Allegheny County to announce the move to add the attorney general to the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008.
Joining them will be Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted at aged 13 from her Crafton Heights home.
“The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General has access to information about the location of thousands of child sex predators that could be shared with local law enforcement – information local police need in order to protect their communities, but do not have,” a release about the announcement reads. “These leads sit in databases funded by The U.S. Department of Justice and were mandated to be shared with states under the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008.”
By being a mandated reporter, the state attorney general would be required to notify local law enforcement agencies within 24 hours of child sex predator suspects in their areas.