In many cases, the employee has done nothing wrong. Unfortunately, this does not stop the misery the employee experiences. In many districts, the employee is automatically placed on administrative leave pending investigation, but that is just the beginning of the problem. In really serious cases, we are seeing more and more public school employees charged with having sexual relations with students. These charges can result not only in the loss of a job, but also in the loss of freedom as the employee is charged with criminal action and possibly sent to jail for up to 20 years. Most associations provide some money for defense against charges made by students or parents.
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The fact that a student may be over 17, the age of consent in Texas, does not constitute a defense to the accusation. What makes the act illegal is the fact that one party to the sex act is a teacher or other district employee and the other is a student. Consent is immaterial.
A rash of recent news reports highlights the frequency of allegations involving a sexual relationship between a teacher and a student. Although such sexual abuse incidents seem common, false allegations made by a student can also occur. Even a false allegation can be career ending. Many school districts will immediately place the teacher on administrative leave pending an investigation.