WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House education committee is calling for a hearing on the sex abuse scandals at Penn State and The Citadel.

Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat, told Committee Chairman John Kline that the hearing should look at whether changes are needed in federal laws designed to protect children and students.

At Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, is charged with abusing eight children over a 15-year period. University officials have been criticized for not alerting police.

The Citadel's president acknowledged this week that the South Carolina military college lost public trust by not aggressively pursuing a 2007 report of sexual abuse allegedly committed at its former summer camp by an ex-counselor.

Kline, a Minnesota Republican, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.