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Substitute teacher's sex crimes case headed to courtroom

There are many rules that guide the acceptable interactions between teacher and student. While these regulations are in place to protect both parties, in some situations, these standards may not be realistically applicable. One Pennsylvania woman who was contracted as a substitute teacher was recently charged with committing sex crimes with two students.

A judge has decided that there is enough merit to the charges to justify holding her over for trial on the allegations. While there has been little information surrounding the accusations made public, her defense representative has stated that there is no basis for the charges since both of the alleged victims are 18 years of age. The state, however, does not see the matter the same way.

Due to the fact that the 18-year-old men had not formally graduated, they were considered the woman's students and therefore prohibited from entering into any purportedly inappropriate relations with her. Classes were over at the time of the alleged encounters. Pennsylvania laws categorize a sexual relationship between teacher and student as a third-degree felony offense regardless of the age of the student.

This woman is no longer employed as an educator in that school district. She has likewise stated her intention to surrender her Pennsylvania teaching license as the case progresses. Her defense team may focus on the age of the supposed victims and the fact that the school year was over except for the graduating ceremony. Understandably, teachers are in a position of authority and should maintain professional distances with their students. However, this case deserves to be based on the particular circumstances, and it is on those facts that the woman may base her defense while steadfastly refuting the sex crimes accusations and facing her accusers in a court of law.

Source: therepublic.com, "Sub ordered to trial on charges she had sex with 2 students; attorney claims they're adults", , Oct. 1, 2014

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