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  • Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
    Discovery in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

    I will always look first to the use of the Pennsylvania rules, statutes, court decisions and other regular channels of discovery and use them to obtain discovery beyond the police reports. “Discovery” ...

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  • Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?
    Sexual Abuse of Children in PA - What Is It?

    Despite the title of the offense in the PA Crimes Code, 'Sexual Abuse' need not be any type of actual touching, offensive use of objects, or what one would normally think of as rape or molestation. ...

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  • Texts Messages from One Spouse to Another Admitted in Child Abuse Prosecution
    Texts Messages from One Spouse to Another Admitted in Child Abuse Prosecution

    The Spousal Privilege that protects confidential communications between spouses is outweighed in child sexual and physical abuse prosecutions . Text messages from one spouse to another were admissible ...

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  • Hearings Before the Department of Public Welfare to Expunge an Abuse Finding
    Hearings Before the Department of Public Welfare to Expunge an Abuse Finding

    The alleged perpetrator of abuse against a child faces a collateral proceeding, not typically dealt with in a criminal matter; the fight to have their record expunged of the alleged abuse. Unlike ...

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  • Should I Report Child Abuse to Children and Youth?
    Should I Report Child Abuse to Children and Youth?

    Child abuse is a serious allegation. It can arise due to physical, emotional, mental or environmental concerns. It should not be reported casually or to gain an upper-hand in a custody matter. It is ...

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