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    TX - Teacher Faces 20 Years For Having Sex With An 18 Year Old Student

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/3960691.html

    If this case goes to trial, it could well become a benchmark case, because the defense will look for the jury to find this 25 year-old female teacher to be innocent via nullification of a law in Texas that was passed three years ago -- Judges will not allow for a defense to be a request for jury nullification.

    A resulting trial will almost assuredly be closely followed by the entire legal community, because the vast majority of contemporary Judges contend that juries do not have the right to nullify laws.

    In the event of a trial, I believe many who post here could learn a good deal about jury nullification and a juries alleged rights -- as seen by most trial Judges -- versus the power that juries truly possess. This case could turn into could an excellent learning vehicle for understanding how Judges have usurped powers that the founding fathers intended for juries to have.
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    It seems odd to devote time and resources into prosecuting this case when the student is an adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoanthropus Dawsoni
    It seems odd to devote time and resources into prosecuting this case when the student is an adult.
    Obviously, they were consenting adults, and I agree with you.

    Nevertheless. jurors are told by Judges that the are triers of fact against the law as passed. Judges also tell jurors that they do not have the right to nullify the law.
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    Here's the thing that bothers me about stories like these...the media always seem to make a big deal about female teachers having sex with underage male students. But the reality is that, statistically, it's much, much more common for male teachers to molest underage girls, and when it happens, it's usually more dangerous because the situation is far more likely to be predatory or coercive in nature and less likely to be "consensual" (I use that word reluctantly because legally a minor can never consent, but hopefully you know what I mean). And yet the press seems to rarely reports those stories. Why is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoanthropus Dawsoni
    It seems odd to devote time and resources into prosecuting this case when the student is an adult.
    While I think it was morally wrong for a teacher to have sex with a student (I think that even if the students are in college) I also think there are bigger fish to fry than this. We've let people go on bigger charges (teacher in Florida having sex with a minor) and now they want to make an example of this teacher? Bizarre and a waste of time and money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jttnewguy
    Here's the thing that bothers me about stories like these...the media always seem to make a big deal about female teachers having sex with underage male students. But the reality is that, statistically, it's much, much more common for male teachers to molest underage girls, and when it happens, it's usually more dangerous because the situation is far more likely to be predatory or coercive in nature and less likely to be "consensual" (I use that word reluctantly because legally a minor can never consent, but hopefully you know what I mean). And yet the press seems to rarely reports those stories. Why is that?
    Female teachers who have sex with one or more of their students would "seem to" be more rare. And it is definitely more titillating and, thus, report worthy for the tabloid denizens who make their living based on crimetainment ratings.
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    I'm sure that this teacher knew what the law was as far as employees in a school district having sex with students of any age. She gambled and she lost.

    I highly doubt that this 18 yr old will be traumatized by the encounters. After all she is only 25 yrs old. He probably struts around like a peacock. If he was out of school then I wouldn't see any problem with their relationship. It was said that their relationship lasted for 2-3 months. He says they had sex...she says they didn't. Only the two of them and the good Lord knows the truth.

    Maybe pretty young teachers should only be allowed to teach K-4. Mary Kay L. started her thing with Ville when he was in the sixth grade so it would have to be just the lower grades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel
    I'm sure that this teacher knew what the law was as far as employees in a school district having sex with students of any age. She gambled and she lost.

    I highly doubt that this 18 yr old will be traumatized by the encounters.

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    No one, anywhere, is claiming that he was traumatized. He is an adult of legal age who consented to have sex.
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    This is stupid.

    I hate it when every single little stupid thing has to be made a huge deal of. Just based on her job, they tell her who she can sleep with? Okay, so have her lose her job. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoanthropus Dawsoni
    It seems odd to devote time and resources into prosecuting this case when the student is an adult.
    I agree with you, Eoanthropus.

    This one, because the 'victim' is of legal age in the state to consent to sex, seems more of a school disciplinary problem than worthy of prosecution in the court system.

    I realize it is not a statuatory rape case and is being tried under a different law that does not differentiate whether the victim is 5 or 18. Surely there should be age levels under this law just like there are under the statuatory rape laws.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
    I agree with you, Eoanthropus.

    This one, because the 'victim' is of legal age in the state to consent to sex, seems more of a school disciplinary problem than worthy of prosecution in the court system.

    I realize it is not a statuatory rape case and is being tried under a different law that does not differentiate whether the victim is 5 or 18. Surely there should be age levels under this law just like there are under the statuatory rape laws.
    Correct, and that is why the defendant's only out is for a jury to nullify the law by finding her to be innocent even though the act of sex took place between a teacher and their student.

    The real dilemma is that trial judges will not allow a defense team to ask the jury to nullify the law (not a lawful defense), and the trial Judge will tell the jury they do not have the right to nullify the law. If this case does go to trial, that is why it will be widely followed; i.e., to see if the jury breaks the code (as to their real power) and spits in the Judge's eye by finding the defendant to be innocent.

    The question is: Who is in charge, the Judge or the jury?
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    You know when I was in high school a teacher had sex with an 18 year old senior and she didn't get in trouble-that was back in 87 or 88. It might be completely unethical and immorral, but illegal? How can it be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellen13
    You know when I was in high school a teacher had sex with an 18 year old senior and she didn't get in trouble-that was back in 87 or 88. It might be completely unethical and immorral, but illegal? How can it be?

    It is illegal, because Texas passed a law whereby teachers may not have sex with any of their students. The law does not contain any age exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellen13
    You know when I was in high school a teacher had sex with an 18 year old senior and she didn't get in trouble-that was back in 87 or 88. It might be completely unethical and immorral, but illegal? How can it be?
    It falls under the same law that makes it illegal for prison guards to have sex with (adult) prisoners. Its viewed as abuse of authority and usually called "statutory rape of persons under custody" because the implication is because one individual posseses undisputed power/authority over another, there is invariably an element of coerciion involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyGoatGruff
    It falls under the same law that makes it illegal for prison guards to have sex with (adult) prisoners. Its viewed as abuse of authority and usually called "statutory rape of persons under custody" because the implication is because one individual posseses undisputed power/authority over another, there is invariably an element of coerciion involved.
    Certainly noteworthy, but, obviously, a "student" is not a "prisoner". This student and this teacher are both of legal age and members of our free society, free to make choices, free to consent to sex.

    Moreover, under the law, this 25 year old teacher would be in the same situation if she had sex with a student who was a 35 year old man -- lawyer, doctor, scientist, principal, whatever.
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