Student-Teacher Sex Constitutional?

Alabama Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson has ruled that a state law criminalizing sex between high school teachers and students under age 19 is unconstitutional and has dismissed charges against former high school teacher Carrie Witt and former high school aide David Solomon for being too broad and for violating their 14th amendment rights. The age of consent in Alabama is 16, and both Witt and Solomon had sex with students above that age. “It is this court’s finding that the law grants these students the capacity to consent until and unless there is some showing that authority was used to obtain illegitimate or coerced consent,” wrote Thompson. Prosecutors plan to appeal the ruling.

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