Houston Lawyer for Improper Relationship between Teacher and Student
Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Houston, Texas
There may be no other category of crime that can do as much harm to a person's
reputation as an allegation of a having sex with a student. Even the suggestion
that you may have had sex with a student has the potential to destroy
personal and professional relationships.
In addition, a conviction for an improper relationship between teacher
and student will result in a criminal record that follows you for the
rest of your life, and the requirement to register as a sex offender for
at least 10 years and possibly the rest of your life.
Section 21.12. IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EDUCATOR AND STUDENT. (a) An employee of a public or private primary or secondary school commits
an offense if the employee:
(1) engages in sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse
with a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary
school at which the employee works;
(2) holds a position described by
Section 21.003(a) or (b), Education Code, regardless of whether the employee holds the appropriate certificate,
permit, license, or credential for the position, and engages in sexual
contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with a person
the employee knows is:
(A) enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school, other than
a school described by
Subdivision (1); or
(B) a student participant in an educational activity that is sponsored by
a school district or a public or private primary or secondary school,
if students enrolled in a public or private primary or secondary school
are the primary participants in the activity; or
(3) engages in conduct described by
Section 33.021, with a person described by
Subdivision (1), or a person the employee knows is a person described by
Subdivision (2)(A) or (B), regardless of the age of that person.
(b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree.
(b-1) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that:
(1) the actor was the spouse of the enrolled person at the time of the offense; or
(2) the actor was not more than three years older than the enrolled person
and, at the time of the offense, the actor and the enrolled person were
in a relationship that began before the actor's employment at a public
or private primary or secondary school.
(c) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes
an offense under another section of this code, the actor may be prosecuted
under either section or both sections.
(d) The name of a person who is enrolled in a public or private primary or
secondary school and involved in an improper relationship with an educator
as provided by Subsection (a) may not be released to the public and is
not public information under
Chapter 552, Government Code.
Aggressive Sex Crime Defense Strategies in Houston
I know what is at stake and understand how embarrassing it is to be arrested
for improper relationship between teacher and student. I believe in the
presumption of innocence, which means I am not here to judge you, I am
here to defend you. I treat every client with respect and handle every
case with the utmost discretion and tact. I will be there with you at
every step and see your case through to the end. Call my office at 713-468-9333
to schedule an appointment.