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Gov. Matt Mead signs law limiting the release of information in child abuse investigations


CASPER, Wyoming — Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a bill limiting the release of information in child abuse investigations.

When child abuse or neglect cases are reported to law enforcement, victims are interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Project in Casper. Those interviews are recorded.

The new law Mead signed Tuesday prohibits the showing of those recordings in non-criminal court proceedings, like during a divorce case, unless deemed appropriate by a judge.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) that if a judge decides the recording is necessary in a civil case, the judge can forbid anyone from making a copy of the interview and sharing it with others.

Mead says the law help further the Child Advocacy Project's goal to provide as comfortable an atmosphere as possible for child abuse victims.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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