Child Abuse is a very serious charge. These charges are often initiated by a neighbor, school teacher, a school nurse, even a neighbor who calls to Child Protective Services. A significant percentage of child abuse allegations are later determined to be false or unsubstantiated. False or not, if the case goes to trial, particularly in the case of a child sexual abuse accusation, child is often favored - no matter what the facts might be. This can result in many years of imprisonment, as well as person being required register with sex offender registry for perhaps life.