Parents send their children to schools in Harris County, Texas to ensure they receive a well-rounded education. What they don’t want is to have their child become the target of a predator, which is why Texas has enacted laws against improper relationships between educators and students. Found in Section 12.12 of the Texas Penal Code, it involves:
- An employee of a “public or private primary or secondary school” who engages in sexual activity with a student at the school he or she works at or
- A person who holds an educational license or permit who engages in sexual activity with a student in another school district
These acts are crimes, regardless of whether the student agreed to the behavior or is of legal age. Teachers are not the only ones who can be prosecuted, as anyone working within the school system can also be charged. This includes bus drivers, librarians, cafeteria workers and janitors.