17:430      Applicants for public school employment; disclosure requirements; penalties; definitions


A. (1) Except as provided in Subsection C of this Section, each applicant for public school employment shall be required to disclose the following in accordance with procedures adopted by the governing authority of the public elementary or secondary school in which the applicant seeks employment:


(a) All actual cases of sexual misconduct with a minor or student by the applicant.


(b) All investigations of sexual misconduct by the applicant with a minor or student that occurred within thirty-six months prior to the applicant's resignation, dismissal, or retirement from school employment.


(c) All actual or investigated cases of abuse or neglect as specified in R.S. 17:81.9(A)(1)(b) of a minor or student by the applicant.


(2) Any applicant who knowingly and willfully violates the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor offense and shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.


B. For purposes of this Section, sexual misconduct shall be as defined pursuant to R.S. 17:81.9(J) and abuse and neglect shall be as defined in Children's Code Article 603.


C. If an investigation determined that a formal allegation of an applicant was inconclusive, unjustified, or otherwise without cause for further formal pursuit, the applicant shall not be required to disclose such information as required in Subsection A of this Section.


Added by Acts 2009, No. 223, ยง 1.