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Virginia Law Says Teachers Having Sex with 18-Year-Olds Legal

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RICHMOND - After last week's arrest of an athletic trainer at Monacan High School, lawmakers are again tackling what some consider a loophole in Virginia law that says it's not a crime for teachers or school employees to have sex with 18-year-olds.

The student's age is unknown but Kristen Beck has been charged with having consensual sexual intercourse with a child over 15, but had the student been 18, it would not have been illegal in Virginia.

In 23 states, it's a crime for a public school employee to have any sexual relationship with a student, regardless of age, but Virginia is not on the list.

It raised questions for delegate Manoli Loupassi who sent the issue to the crime commission.

"In the teacher student realm, you have the potential for undue influence," he says. "To have the Crime Commission study it and see whether or not this is a particular area where there is a routine or regular problem."

The crime commission has been studying the issue all year, but its findings won't be public until next month. Loupassi says at that time they can determine what lawmakers should do.

"Once we get an idea of that we decide whether this is something that needs to be legislated or not," he says.

Beck was not a school employee but a contracted one. She's due back in court on Wednesday.

 

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