New Bill Addresses Teacher Sexual Misconduct

New Bill Addresses Teacher Sexual Misconduct

A bill has been signed criminalizing sexual misconduct committed against a student by a school staff member or volunteer.

The bipartisan measure defines sexual misconduct as “verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”  Those found guilty will be charged with a Class One Felony, spend up to three and a half years in jail, and permanently have their license revoked by the state Department of Instruction.  According to a 2004 report by the U.S. Department of Education an estimated ten-percent of K-thru-12 students experience sexual misconduct by a school employee before they graduate.

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