What Happens if a Teacher Starts a Relationship With a Student?

October 23, 2013

Reports of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students and the subsequent criminal cases have been widely circulated in the media. These cases have frequently resulted in serious criminal punishments for teachers convicted of these inappropriate relationships. Although many people know that these actions are against the law, they may not know exactly what happens when one of these relationships takes place.

It is important to note that the criminal penalties that are often the result of inappropriate student-teacher relationships are based on laws that criminalize child abuse. Because relationships between students and teachers usually involve adults and minors under 18, cases are often prosecuted by utilizing child abuse accusations. However, criminal penalties can still apply in cases involving students who are 18 years of age.