Is a teacher dating a student illegal

14 May

According to an admittedly unscientific survey by Houston PR firm Drive West Communications, Texas has the most incidents of illegal teacher-student sex of any state in the nation.(Alabama is head of the class for this dishonor on a per capita basis.) Drive West, helmed by Terry Abbott, a former Houston Independent School District press secretary and later U. Department of Education chief of staff, found that were 179 such Texas incidents last year, up 27 percent from three years before.You asked whether other states, particularly in the Northeast, have enhanced criminal penalties or other provisions in their laws prohibiting consensual sex between an adult and a minor that apply specifically to cases involving a teacher and an elementary or secondary school student.Most if not all states prohibit consensual sex between adults and minors below a certain age, with the age varying by state.

She said at the time that she was uncomfortable with the idea of criminalizing sexual acts between two consenting adults.

The penalties for the proscribed behavior vary widely by state. Rhode Island prohibits (1) consensual sex between a minor between 14 and 16 and a person who is 18 or older and (2) sexual contact or penetration with a minor under 14 under any circumstances.

Other states, including Vermont, criminalize sexual acts with a person who is “entrusted to the actor's care by authority of law” (13 Vt. Among the states in other parts of the country with specific provisions dealing with teachers and students are Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington.

Since that statute was enacted in 2003, it has been a second-degree felony for any employee of any given school district to have sex with any student in that district, regardless of that student’s age.

The exceptions are if the student and district employee are married before the sex begins, or if the couple has a pre-existing sexual relationship when the employee was hired by the school district and the younger of the two is seventeen or older.