In a story reported by the Huffington Post, a 26-year-old high school teacher
was recently sentenced after being charged with
sexual assault for having sex with a student over which she exercised supervisory authority.
The student was 18 or close to 18 when the sex happened, which is said
to have played a pivotal role in the outcome of this case. Fortunately
for the teacher, she got no prison time, who otherwise could have faced
years behind bars had the student been a year or two younger.
The state in which this case occurred (Colorado) has a law in which someone
who is 18 years of age or older can have sex with a 17-year-old. But,
if the 17-year-old is a student, and the adult is a teacher, the teacher
can be charged with sexual assault.
This is relatively similar to the law in Maryland, where teachers and others
who are “persons in a position of authority” can be charged
with a third- or fourth-degree sex crime, in certain situations where
the student would otherwise be of legal age.
If you are charged with a sex crime, don’t risk your future, contact a
Baltimore sex crimes lawyer to protect your legal rights.