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

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Failure to Report

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304(4)

Any mandatory reporter who willfully fails to report as required by § 19-3-304(1):

  • Commits a Class 3 misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided by law
  • Shall be liable for damages proximately caused

False Reporting

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 19-3-304(3.5), (4)

No person, including a mandatory reporter, shall knowingly make a false report of abuse or neglect to a county department or local law enforcement agency.

Any person who violates this provision:

  • Commits a Class 3 misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided by law
  • Shall be liable for damages proximately caused