Bill would make sex between teacher, student a felony

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 3:24 PM
Last updated 3:54 PM
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COLUMBIA - South Carolina teachers who have sex with students 16 and older could be sent to prison for up to 10 years under a bill set for debate.

The proposal would make it a felony for any school employee in a supervisory role to have sex with older students. Currently, teens can legally consent at age 16.

The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Ryberg of Aiken was to be discussed today by a Senate panel.

State schools Superintendent Jim Rex has pushed for tougher penalties against school employees who sexually abuse students. He has said that such cases represent a tiny fraction of the state's teachers but that any incident is an outrage.

A similar bill failed last year as House and Senate members couldn't agree on their different versions before the session ended.

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55 F-100 03/04/09 - 06:31 pm
This is great legislation.

This is great legislation. Make it official that the "dime" is a mandatory minumum and if someone is foolish enough to violate the law, then they can expect to do a "dime" in the South Carolina penal closed!

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 03/04/09 - 08:33 pm
I remember when I was a

I remember when I was a senior in high school, one of my friends was dating one of the teachers. She was probably in her early 20's, and really not that great looking. I guess he just thought it'd be cool to be with an "older woman". She had a friend of hers come into town and they had 4 tickets to a concert. They asked me to go with them, and be this other girl/lady's blind date. Well, you know I did it! They snuck us into a nightclub and got us drinks. I guess they wanted to take advantage of us....they didn't realize that they didn't have to work that hard at it! But, that's a story for another day...right now I'm supposed to rant about how horrible it is for these teachers to do this! Well, it is, now that I look back on it. I know that I'd probably put a big hurtin' on some teacher that tried to seduce one of my kids!

brimisjoshan 03/04/09 - 09:25 pm
Sexual desires are hard to

Sexual desires are hard to put out even with more jail time.

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