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It's a particularly easy question where the state, in this case Texas, has passed a simple and straightforward law that makes it a crime, without regard to the age or gender of the student. But when the bill came to the floor of the house, it was amended, and the age provision was dropped.
If he had not been a student, he would have been considered a consenting adult. When the Texas law was originally drafted, it was limited to students 17 years of age and under.
Would it have been different if it were a male teacher and an 18-year-old girl? There is no question that there is a double standard in sex abuse cases, and nowhere is it more apparent than in what seems to be the growing number of teacher sex cases.
We all react with shock at the very idea of a male teacher "taking advantage" of young women in his class; I can't imagine a panel having trouble with criminal charges in such a case, no matter how good looking the man, indeed, especially if he were good looking.
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.
He kept telephoning and texting her, according to the suit.
He told colleagues in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice about the relationship.
ASU's policy required him to disclose the relationship and immediately remove himself from a position of academic authority over the student.Pratt and his attorney, Melissa Iyer Julian, declined to comment.ASU gave Pratt a written admonishment in 2012 after the allegations by Kunzi, records show. Under a Texas law passed three years ago, teachers who have sex with their students may be convicted of a felony and sent to prison for The boy in question was 18. Amy Mc Elhenney, age 25, was arrested on May 25 for allegedly having sex with one of her male students at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas.