Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Arizona

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Failure to Report

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 13-3620(O), (P)

A person who violates this section requiring the reporting of child abuse or neglect is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor, except if the failure to report involves a reportable offense, in which case the person is guilty of a class 6 felony.

A 'reportable offense' means any of the following:

  • Any offense listed in chapters 14 and 35.1 of this title or § 13-3506.01
  • Surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming, or digitally recording or viewing a minor pursuant to § 13-3019
  • Child prostitution pursuant to § 13-3212
  • Incest pursuant to § 13-3608
  • Unlawful mutilation pursuant to § 13-1214

False Reporting

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 13-3620.01

A person acting with malice who knowingly and intentionally makes a false report of child abuse or neglect, or a person acting with malice who coerces another person to make a false report of child abuse or neglect, is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

A person who knowingly and intentionally makes a false report that another person made a false report is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.