Teacher charged with improper relationship with 18-year-old

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  1. Slamminc11

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    Jan 27, 2005
    Teacher charged with improper relationship with 18-year-old

    The Associated Press
    Publication Date: 06/03/06

    CARROLLTON - A 25-year-old, first-year teacher and former beauty queen faces criminal charges accusing her of having sex with an 18-year-old student.
    Amy McElhenney, a Spanish teacher and cross-country coach, was charged with having an improper relationship with a student. The second-degree felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
    At 18, the Hebron High School student is one year past the age of consent in Texas. But McElhenney was charged under a law banning sexual relationships between educators and students even if the relationship is consensual and the student is of legal age.
    Five Texas teachers have been convicted under the law since it went into effect in September 2003 and the close of 2005. Some say the law should contain provisions that distinguish for different ages and consent.
    Police learned of the allegations against McElhenney when another student sent an anonymous note last month to a resource officer. The note indicated McElhenney's cell phone had personal text messages to and from the 18-year-old.
    "Messages that were on there led us to believe there was a little bit more going on between the teacher and this student," said Carrollton police Sgt. David Sponhour.
    McElhenney told investigators she thought their relationship was inappropriate but denied having a physical or sexual relationship with the student, police said.
    However, the student told investigators in a written statement that he and McElhenney began a relationship in February and had sex several times at her apartment.
    Lewisville Independent School District officials placed McElhenney on paid administrative leave May 11, and she was arrested May 25.
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  2. Fifty Caliber

    Fifty Caliber Banned User

    Jan 4, 2006
    Highschool has gotten so bad, you can't even bang the cross-country coach without making it national news.
  3. n8dagr8

    n8dagr8 Resident Rounder DBSTalk Gold Club

    Aug 14, 2004
    the age of consent in Texas is 17?!?!?!? :heybaby:
  4. Paradox-sj

    Paradox-sj AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Dec 15, 2004
    He ratted on her?!? What a lil punk!
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Being consentual and all, I can't see how they can claim any kind of rape or molestation... and being that both are over 18 and both are over the legal age of consent in their state... it would seem to me the only issue at hand should be the ethical/inappropriateness of the teacher/student boundary.

    There is potential for harassment if a teacher in any way implies or a student feels that his performance in the bedroom directly affects his performance in the classroom. Similarly, other students who are not in the sexual relationship of the teacher may feel, and perhaps justifiably so, that their grades will suffer for not having the teacher's "full attention".

    That said... I am having trouble seeing where this is worthy of a 20 year sentence. I mean, there are people who kill people and get less time than that!
  6. Fifty Caliber

    Fifty Caliber Banned User

    Jan 4, 2006
    Did the teacher act unethically? Yes, IMHO.
    Did the teacher act criminally? No!

    This means that this is a matter for the school district to decide, not the courts.
  7. Nick

    Nick Charter Gold Club Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    There is no "T" in consensual
  8. Selenna

    Selenna Fair Lady of the forums DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 18, 2004
    Well the story indicates that it is a criminal act (if there was a sexual relationship)... a second-degree felony in fact. Whether it's is a good law may be arguable, but at this point in time, it is the law which puts it beyond just the school district.
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