Student-teacher relationships not tolerated in Texas

Student-teacher relationships not tolerated in Texas

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - It seems inappropriate relationships between educators and students are increasing at an alarming rate.

According to NewsChannel 10 archives, there have been at least 7 incidences of inappropriate relationships between school employees and students in the panhandle in the past 2 years.

Under Texas law, all employees in general are prohibited from having a sexual relationship with a student at their school.

District Attorney Randall Sims explains, "If an employee has to have a license, is required to have a license, they are actually prohibited from having any contact with a student within a school district, so there's a big difference between having a licensed employee versus a non-licensed employee."

Regardless if an employee is licensed or not, the age of the student they are having a relationship with, does not affect their punishment.

Under the Texas penal code, the act is a 2nd Degree Felony. Jail time ranges between 2 and 20 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

However, if the person has never had a felony conviction, they may be eligible for probation.