Colorado Revised Statutes Title 13 Courts and Court Procedure § 13-80-1039 Limitation of actions--failure to perform a background check by a public entity--injury to a child

(1) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) “Child” means a person under eighteen years of age.

(b) “Education employment required background check” means complying with sections 22-2-119 and 22-32-109.7, C.R.S .

(c) “Sexual offense against a child” shall include all offenses listed in section 18-3-411(1), C.R.S .

(2) Notwithstanding any other statute of limitations specified in this article or any other provision of law, a civil action, as described in subsection (3) of this section, against a school district or charter school for failure to perform an education employment required background check may be brought at any time within two years after the age of majority of the plaintiff.

(3) In bringing a civil action for failure to perform an education employment required background check pursuant to this section, a plaintiff shall make a prima facie showing of the following facts and circumstances:

(a) The school district or charter school, in hiring an individual to work with children or in a setting with children, or the department of education did not perform an education employment required background check of the individual, and the failure to conduct the required background check was the result of the school district's or charter school's deliberate indifference or reckless disregard of its obligations to conduct the background check as provided by law;  ordinary negligence or unintentional oversight is not sufficient.

(b) The individual, at the time of hiring, had a criminal record that included one or more convictions for the offense of sexual assault as described in section 18-3-402, C.R.S ., for a sexual offense against a child, or for child abuse as described in section 18-6-401, C.R.S ., or the individual had been dismissed or had resigned from a school district under the circumstances described in section 22-32-109.7(1)(b), C.R.S .;  and

(c) The individual committed one of the following offenses against a child with whom the individual came in contact in the course of his or her employment with the school district or charter school:

(I) Sexual assault as described in section 18-3-402, C.R.S .;

(II) Sexual offense against a child;  or

(III) Child abuse as described in section 18-6-401, C.R.S .

(4) An action may not be brought pursuant to subsection (3) of this section if the defendant is deceased or is incapacitated to the extent that the school district or charter school is incapable of rendering a defense to the action.


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