How much time can a teacher get for having sex with a student?
It is a second-degree felony for a teacher to have sex with a student, which means that if convicted you could be sent to prison for a minimum of two years and a maximum of twenty years and fined up to $10,000.00.
Is there any defense for a teacher having sex with a student?
It is a defense if you can prove that you are not more than three years older than the student and that the relationship began before you were a teacher.
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.
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