Texas law teachers dating students
Teachers have power over students, which undercuts the notion that consent can be given freely; we control their lives, which means it's not fair to the individual student, or to the other students in the class; it's an abuse of the teacher's power, and compromises both the real and perceived fairness of that student's grades and of any overall curve in the class. Obviously, the younger the student, the worse the injury, but abuse of power is about power, not age.
Besides, for purposes of their relationships with teachers, high school seniors, even if they are 18, are still kids, as the legislature clearly concluded, and prosecutors are not free to second guess them. Because there I was, all by myself, in arguing that Mc Elhenney should be subject to felony charges.
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According to Texas Penal Code 21.12, an inappropriate relationship between educator and student is a criminal offense.
The law covers the employees of public or private secondary and primary schools.
An arrest warrant acquired by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that the pair exchanged nude photos and had sex multiple times over the summer break.
Jake Fenske Hutto High School, Hutto Fenske, who is listed as a football and track coach and science teacher on the school's website, was charged with improper relationship between educator and student on June 3, 2016.
less Over the past five years, the TEA opened investigations into nearly 900 inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.An improper relationship with a student can result in a criminal conviction, imprisonment and financial penalties.Even if the relationship is consensual, an improper sexual act between teacher and student is illegal.The investigation led a Lockhart detective to a 17-year-old male student, who had been in contact in person and by message with Fowlkes. less Sarah Fowlkes Lockhart High School According to the police department, officers received a report March 10 from a school administrator at Lockhart High School about a possible inappropriate relationship between a ...more According to the Trophy Club Police Department, Katherine Ruth Harper, 27, met the student while at a local middle school as a 7th-grade English teacher, cheerleading coach and tennis coach.
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.