Crime of False Report of Child Abuse Includes False Report to School and Child Services Agency Officials,
Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Superior Court decision in Commonwealth v. Krankowski (opinion by Judge Alice Beck Dubow, joined by Justices Maria McLaughlin & Daniel McCaffery) upheld a conviction for falsely reporting child abuse. Defendant had sent the principal and vice-principal at her son’s high school an email linking to one of her Facebook posts, which alleged that a caseworker at the Snyder County Children and Youth Services Agency “subjected my son to physical and sexual abuse of his person and giggled/laughed about it. Later, Shambaugh was elevated to supervisor at Children and Youth.” The recipients were “both mandated reporters, who proceeded to make a report of suspected child abuse to the Agency.” Defendant had also made the same accusation in a call to the Agency. Defendant was found guilty, and sentenced “to two years’ probation and, as a condition of probation, ordered … to
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