Re: teacher accused of sex with student
I clipped the top and middle of this to save some space. There is no disputing the things you've said. However, I'd like to clarify a possible misconception on the part of some people--not so much on your part; you're married to a Delaware State trooper.
By legal definition, there is NO such thing as "consensual" when it comes to sexual engagement with someone below the statutory age. This young woman could have screamed "YES" to the four corners of the globe, but it would not have LEGALLY mitigated this teacher's behavior. As one below the statutory age of consent, she lacked the legal capacity to give it. He committed a crime; "I didn't mean to" means nothing.
Originally Posted by hockey
In this case, had she lied about her age... even to the point of admitting it under oath, he'd still not be able to use it as a defense. He's a teacher who had access to student records. He could have easily verified her age. And, he has another problem: a 21-year differential in their ages.
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