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21 Alive News on 2/16/2023 by Karli VanCleave
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – Indiana Representative Maureen Bauer says there’s a gap in current Indiana laws surrounding child seduction. Specially crimes committed by coaches, she says that’s why she has authored a bill hoping to change that.
Rep. Bauer says she was looking for more ways to protect children in our state and she found that there’s some language missing from the Indiana law. She says the current criminal statute on child seduction only applies to childcare workers who are employed by school corporations, charter schools and non-public schools.
HB1228 would expand that statute to include coaches from “youth organizations” that aren’t associated with a school, like club sports, little leagues or anything else.
The bill defines a “coach” as a person who provides supervision in a youth sports organization. If the coach is proved to have committed crimes of child seduction or child exploitation, they would face level 5 or 6 felonies.