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Colorado Mandatory Reporting Requirements Regarding Children (CRS 19-3-304)

There are certain occupations in Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas County and across Colorado that require a person to automatically report Sexual Assault on a Child or Child Abuse in Colorado; this includes serious sex offenses like Incest (CRS 18-6-302), Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405), or Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404). The Colorado Mandatory Reporting Requirements Regarding Children state that if a person has a “reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect…” that they are bound by law to report it to the authorities. It is very important to be aware of your responsibilities when working in any of these mandatory reporting occupations in Denver, Littleton, Arvada, Broomfield, and all along the Front Range.

A conviction resulting from failure to follow the mandatory reporting requirements in Jefferson or Adams County will end in a class 3 misdemeanor and responsibility of financial damages done to the victim because of the failure to report. The Colorado Mandatory Reporting Requirements state that an initial report must be made “immediately,” with a written report following shortly after. Under Colorado law, the reporter may remain anonymous. If they do not report the abuse, yet are believed to have been aware of the incident, they will face criminal charges.

The following occupations in Englewood, Aurora or Highlands Ranch are required to report any type of suspected or known abuse according to CRS 19-3-304:

  • Physicians or surgeons, including physicians in training;
  • Child health associates;
  • Medical examiners or coroners;
  • Dentists;
  • Osteopaths;
  • Optometrists;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Chiropodist or podiatrists;
  • Registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;
  • Hospital personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients;
  • Christian science practitioners;
  • Public or private school officials or employees;
  • Social workers;
  • Mental health professionals;
  • Dental hygienists;
  • Psychologists;
  • Physical therapists;
  • Veterinarians;
  • Peace officers;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Commercial film and photographic print processors;
  • Firefighters;
  • Victim’s advocates;
  • Licensed professional counselors;
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists;
  • Registered psychotherapists;
  • Clergy members (but not if the reasonable cause is acquired only through a privileged communication);
  • Registered dietitians;
  • Workers in the state department of human services;
  • Juvenile parole and probation officers;
  • Child and family investigators;
  • Officers and agents of the state bureau of animal protection, and animal control officers;
  • The child protection ombudsman as created in article 3.3 of this title;
  • Educator providing services through a nutrition program for women, infants and children;
  • Director, coach, assistant coach, or athletic program personnel employed by a private sports organization or program;
  • Registered psychologists, marriage / family therapists, or licensed professional counselors;
  • Emergency medical service providers;
  • Any commercial film and photographic print processor who has access to content displaying children in acts of sexual conduct.

If you are working one of these jobs in Larimer or Weld County and have encountered an incident where sexual assault or child abuse may have occurred and have seen your job listed under the mandatory reporting requirements, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.