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Congressional investigators say government not doing enough to track sexual abuse in schools

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013, photo, former Los Angeles teacher Mark Berndt, 62, pleads no contest during his change-of-plea hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Federal agencies aren’t doing enough to track incidents of sexual abuse committed by school personnel and should better educate districts and states about how to handle such cases, congressional investigators say. One of the most high-profile sexual abuse cases was in Los Angeles, where the once-respected teacher was sentenced in November to 25 years in prison after entering the legal equivalent of guilty pleas to 23 counts of committing lewd acts on children. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
January 29, 2014 - 9:02 PM

WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators say federal agencies aren't doing enough to track incidents of sexual abuse committed by school personnel and should better educate districts and states about the issue.

The Government Accountability Office says in a report that the breadth of the problem is unclear. But it noted there are numerous media reports of cases and referenced a 2004 report by the Education Department that estimated that nearly 10 per cent of students are victims of sexual abuse by school personnel during their school career.

An Education Department official told the GAO the department will explore ways to better track the problem. She says the agency is updating its sexual misconduct training and will look for ways to work with the other agencies.

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