Legislation that would establish specific guidelines for punishing coaches, trainers and other sports officials convicted of sexually abusing a child is headed to the desk of Governor Tom Corbett.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives gave final approval to House Bill 112 on Monday.
The measure would create the offense of “sexual assault by a sports official,” which would carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery), said while Pennsylvania law prohibits sexual misconduct against children, there is no specific provision addressing sexual assault by a coach, trainer or other sports official, who often gain the trust of children through their positions.
An amendment attached in the Senate includes a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 15 years for those convicted of the third-degree murder of a child under 13 years old.