When a teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, or other types of sexual encounters with a student, it is considered to be a crime of criminal sexual conduct. Misconceptions arise out of these cases, especially when the teacher is an attractive female, and suggest that these situations may be treated in a light manner. However, a criminal sexual conduct allegation and accusation is serious matter that needs to be handled with specific care in order for the accused to be able to keep his or her employment, and possibly be acquitted of the charge.
A familiar case involving this matter is that of Debra Lafave. Lafave was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her male middle school students in 2005 in the state of Florida. Lafave was arrested in 2004 and plead guilty to the charges against her. Her case received massive amounts of media attention.
More recently, in 2013, a high school English teacher from Utah, was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her male students who was 15 year old at the time. Brianne Atlice was charged with two counts of having sexual relations with a minor. The male student was able to give a description the inside of Atlice’s home and tattoos that she has. The relationship lasted for a period of almost a year. She maintains that she is not guilty of a crime.
Many complicated issues can arise when a teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. It is important that teachers accused of criminal sexual conduct hire counsel that is experienced in the area of criminal sexual conduct law in order to provide him or her with the best defense argument. Smith Blythe, PC understands the complications that can arise from allegations against teachers and is experienced after representing several teachers — both male and female. Smith Blythe, PC, P.C. can ensure the dedication that is needed to defend teachers accused of criminal sexual conduct.