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A bill (LB1078) advanced Monday that would require that allegations of sexual abuse of a state ward or juvenile on probation, in a detention facility or residential child care, be reported to and investigated by the inspector general of child welfare.

The inspector general already receives reports of death and serious injuries of children in the state's custody.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue, who said the bill was in response to a report by Inspector General Julie Rogers that found 50 substantiated cases of sexual abuse of children who were in or had been in Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile justice programs.

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The bill advanced on a 37-0 vote.

 

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