2012 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 63 - South Carolina Children's Code
Chapter 7 - CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY
Section 63-7-940 - Use of unfounded case information.
(A) Information concerning reports classified as unfounded contained in the statewide data system and records must be maintained for not less than five years after the finding. Information contained in unfounded cases is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act as provided for in Chapter 4, Title 30. Access to and use of information contained in unfounded cases must be strictly limited to the following purposes and entities:
(1) a prosecutor or law enforcement officer or agency, for purposes of investigation of a suspected false report pursuant to Section 63-7-440;
(2) the department or a law enforcement officer or agency, for the purpose investigating allegations of abuse or neglect;
(3) the department or a law enforcement officer or agency, when information is received that allows the reopening of a Category III unfounded report pursuant to Section 63-7-920(A);
(4) as evidence in a court proceeding, if admissible under the rules of evidence as determined by a judge of competent jurisdiction;
(5) a person who is the subject of a report in an action brought by a prosecutor or by the department, if otherwise subject to discovery under the applicable rules of procedure;
(6) the department, for program improvement, auditing, and statistical purposes;
(7) as authorized in Section 63-7-2000; and
(8) the Department of Child Fatalities pursuant to Section 63-11-1960.
(B) Except as authorized in this section, no person may disseminate or permit dissemination of information maintained pursuant to subsection (A). A person who disseminates or permits dissemination in violation of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. A person aggrieved by an unlawful dissemination in violation of this subsection may bring a civil action to recover damages incurred as a result of the unlawful act and to enjoin its dissemination or use.
HISTORY: 2008 Act No. 361, Section 2.
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