Oregon Will Fine for False Reports of Child Abuse
March 19, 2012
In an effort to keep people from maliciously filing false reports of child
abuse in the midst of divorce, custody fight, or other domestic conflict,
the Oregon Legislature passed legislation making it a Class A violation
resulting in a $750 fine.
One of our members, Gordon Hillesland, has tracked this legislation through
the Oregon House and Senate. Ten years ago, his wife accused him of abusing
his children when she was seeking a divorce. The accusations, even though he
was never charged, ruined his life.
Perhaps this statute would have prevented his wife from filing the claim:
419B.016 Offense of false report of child abuse.
(1) A person commits the offense of making a false report of child abuse if,
with the intent to influence a custody, parenting time, visitation or child
support decision, the person:
(a) Makes a false report of child abuse to the Department of Human Services
or a law enforcement agency, knowing that the report is false; or
(b) With the intent that a public or private official make a report of child
abuse to the Department of Human Services or a law enforcement agency, makes
a false report of child abuse to the public or private official, knowing that the report is false.
(2) Making a false report of child abuse is a Class A violation. [2011 c.606