Arkansas Court Overturns Ban on Teacher-Student Sex
That headline certainly conjures up quite a picture. If you want to read the article on Reuters, it's here.
What we are talking about is a teacher having sex with a student over the age of 18. Well that certainly brings up two sides really quick. Student? No freakin' way! 18? Her decision entirely.
So a 37 year old teacher had a 5 month affair with an 18 year old student. Certainly a distasteful subject for most of us. Rife with the possibility of using a position of authority and trust to take advantage of a much younger person. The kind of things that make the hackles go up.
Arkansas already had a law on the books stating that teachers cannot have sex with their students who are under 21. Teacher goes to jail, sentenced for 30 years! That happened about a year ago in the circuit court of Arkansas. So the teacher took it to the Supreme Court.
I have no idea whether the teacher is a perv or not. He sounds rather unsavory, because he was also convicted of giving minors alcohol during parties at his house and then letting them drive. He will indeed serve 6 years for that because he plead guilty to the charge.
But the 5 month affair with the student? That got him 30 years.
Yes there is a law on the books in Arkansas that says if you are a student and you are under 21, your teacher can't fuck you. What saved the teacher? Supreme Court of Arkansas decided 18 is the age of sexual consent. Nice job, Arkansas Supreme Court.
Even if we would like to see the teacher held up as an example for all other teachers tempted to do the same thing...in Arkansas and everywhere.
He got fired and crucified in the school system, of course - well deserved.
But he will not spend 30 years in jail for having a very ill-advised sexual relationship with a consenting adult.
I think perhaps he will choose differently next time. Why?
Authorities say the girl reported the relationship after learning that Paschal had expressed interest in another girl.
If you date an 18 year old - you gotta expect 18 year old maturity.
And here is the Supreme Court decision.