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Duty to report sexual battery; penalties.
F.S. 794.027

Duty to report sexual battery; penalties.

A person who observes the commission of the crime of sexual battery and who:


Has reasonable grounds to believe that he or she has observed the commission of a sexual battery;


Has the present ability to seek assistance for the victim or victims by immediately reporting such offense to a law enforcement officer;


Fails to seek such assistance;


Would not be exposed to any threat of physical violence for seeking such assistance;


Is not the husband, wife, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, or sister of the offender or victim, by consanguinity or affinity; and


Is not the victim of such sexual battery

is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.


s. 3, ch. 84-86; s. 1226, ch. 97-102.