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Mandate sex crimes reporting for school workers

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

More people in Michigan would be required by law to report instances of sexual assault under a bill introduced in the state House this week.

Republican Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township in Oakland County introduced a bill Thursday that would add school employees and people who represent themselves as clergy to those mandated by law to report sex crimes.

Kesto says that under current law, school faculty and administrators are required to report instances of sexual assault. This would ensure that all school employees such as coaches and janitors would be held under the same requirements.

He says closing the loophole will help protect Michigan children. He says "families deserve protection from criminals who seek to take advantage of them."

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