N4T Investigators: Clergy privilege bill fails

Clergy privilege bill fails

Title: N4T Investigators: Clergy privilege bill fails

Author: Lupita Murillo
News 4 Tucson Investigators
Date:  18FEB2021

TUCSON (KVOA) – A bill that would make it mandatory for clergy in Arizona to report child abuse to law enforcement has failed.Senator Victoria Steele of Tucson sponsored SB 1008 after learning some children in Cochise County were being abused by their father.

The church clergy were aware of this abuse and never reported it to law enforcement citing clergy privilege.

This is the second time Sen. Steele has introduced this bill.

Both times it’s failed even though there appears to be a lot of support for it.
She told News 4 Tucson Investigators, “I’m not giving up, and again I am incredibly disappointed.”

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