NJ Imposes Criminal Penalties on Teachers Who Have Sex with Students 18 and Older

by Admin on May 15, 2019

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A recently passed New Jersey law makes it a crime for teachers and other school employees to have sex with students–even if the student happens to be 18 or older.

According to the bill’s proponents, the legislation was primarily passed to protect students with special needs and learning disabilities who typically graduate after 18.

Section 277 of Title IX the Thai Criminal Code criminalizes sexual intercourse with a minor, which under Thailand criminal law is defined as aged 15 or under and not the wife or husband of the other party.

Under the law, “a teaching staff member or substitute teacher, school bus driver, other school employee, contracted service provider, or volunteer” who has sex with a student over 18 that has not received his or her diploma will face a second or third-degree criminal charge.

Crimes that fall under second-degree are punishable by a prison term of 5-10 years.

New Jersey already has laws on the books that prohibit sex with minors.

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