Earlier this week, we reported about an angry California mother, Tammie Powers, who sought to make adult teacher-student sex a felony. Well, in Arkansas such a law against adult teacher-student sex was just ruled to be unconstitutional because it violates the rights of two consenting adults over the age of 18.
In Arkansas, 38 year old teacher, David Pascal, who developed a five month sexual relationship with a 18 year old student was convicted of violating the state’s ban on teacher-student sex, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He now will be freed from prison after appealing his conviction to the Arkansas high court, where the law was struck down as unconstitutional.
The Arkansas high court read this law the right way. Teacher-student relationships may be highly unethical and outrageous, but they’re not criminal if done between consenting adults over the age of 18. The Arkansas law as well the proposed California law simply go way too far in attempting to criminalize private sex of consenting adults simply because teacher-student relationships seem so unethical and inappropriate.