Yes, when a person who is in a position of authority has knowledge of abuse and keeps that knowledge a secret, the person should be subjected to criminal prosecution and conviction for doing so. Too many church leaders and educators have long swept such knowledge under the rug, and they should be prosecuted for doing so.
Regardless if you are in the top of your class, best of the best or any other argument for extravagant salaries is nonsense. Pay them all $50,000 tops and see how many of them are truly dedicated. Executives of corporations are overpaid. Actors are overpaid. Yes anyone can work at MacDonalds and they serve a need to society...To be fed and a price that most everyone can afford. Practically anyone can be a teacher but the best of the best teachers in the public schools don't get paid millions of dollars. No one can argue that a good and moral teach is worth more that someone passing a ball back and forth or getting in front of a camera and pretending to be someone they are not. Also, those of you paying the prices for sporting events and theaters are overpaid as well. What if everyone that bought tickets for a professional sport would donate the price of just one of those tickets to charity? What if all the athletes, actors and executive salaries were dropped to just $50,000/year and the balance of the monies donated to charity? You see, we are just a greedy nation and we should be ashamed of that but rather we embrace it. Our shame could be shown this way; If God were to show up at this very moment, what would you say?
Since abuse often happens in secret, keeping knowledge of abuse a secret is a serious offense. Victims of abuse are often afraid to come forward out of fear of what their abuser may do to them. If someone has knowledge of abuse and does not disclose that information, they are essentially aiding the abuser and possibly prolonging the abuse. In my opinion, this makes that person just as guilty as the abuser. I think they should be held accountable for their actions.
No, I don't feel that people who fail to provide information about abuse should be convicted, at least not in very case. There are some cases where this is warranted, but there are other cases where it is not. Perhaps the person kept silent because he or she was also being abused and threatened. Since this is such a complicated matter, it really needs to be taken on a case by case manner with the bigger picture always in mind.
No, people who keep their knowledge of abuse cases a secret should not be convicted. There are so many different scenarios: maybe a child who saw his mother abused was too frightened to speak up. Maybe someone else was threatened to keep the case a secret. We cannot blame them for this.