Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Senator Raskin's bill PERMITS Teachers Over 21 to Have Sex with Students

Senator Jamie Raskin has written and proposed a new law that would PERMIT sex between teachers/coaches and students, yet the Senator doesn't appear to even understand the law that he has written.

Here's the statement from Senator Raskin in today's Gazette:
However, some lawmakers think prosecuting a 20-year-old coach in a relationship with a 17-year-old student, for example, is too harsh, Raskin said.
Current law AND the Raskin bill applies to teachers/coaches 21 years and OLDER.

20 year olds aren't included in the Raskin bill. Senator Raskin's use of an example that doesn't have anything to do with the bill appears to be an effort to confuse the public.  20-year-olds are free to have sex with students under current law and under Raskin's bill.  Raskin's bill makes no change to the status of 20-year-olds.

What Senator Raskin's bill does do is to PERMIT sex between a 21, 22, 23, or 24 year old teacher and a 15, 16, or 17 year old student, where that sexual contact is CURRENTLY prohibited under Maryland law.

ALL Boards of Education in the State of Maryland are opposed to Senator Raskin's amendment to Maryland law that would PERMIT 21, 22, 23 or 24 year old teachers to have sex with high school students.  

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