SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – A local lawmaker has filed a bill in the Illinois House designed to ensure that a situation like the child-sex scandal at Penn State is never repeated.
State representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) has introduced a measure meant to prevent coaches accused of sexually abusing children from hiding behind their bosses, as has been alleged in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
“I think (former Penn St. coach) Joe Paterno, who we all looked up to and respected, apparently missed the call here,” Kay explained. “He failed to pick up the ball, run with it, and do what was necessary and proper.”
Kay says his bill simply adds to the list of people who are mandated to notify police when they witness or suspect child abuse.
“We maybe should learn from the Penn State scenario,” Kay said, “and make sure that we close up our laws in the state of Illinois to at least send a strong signal to coaches and coaching staffs that this is not going to be tolerated in Illinois.”
(Illinois Radio Network/KMOX)