Law introduced to cover student sex legal loophole

8:49 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - A new law moving through the State Senate would cover what some lawmakers are calling a "major loophole" in one of Michigan's laws.

When it comes to legislation on teachers having sex with students, it's illegal if the student is under 18. It's a grey area some lawmakers want to correct and now legislation has been introduced to ban all teacher and student sexual relations until after graduation, no matter what age the student is.

State Senator Rick Jones (R) Grand Ledge created the bill after several cases in the state were reported to him, including this one: "In the community of Ionia, they had a teacher find out that a student was turning 18. In one day after her birthday, he took her to a motel room in Kalamazoo all day, and had relations with her," said Jones.

The bill passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, and will be on the floor in the next few weeks. As for the rest of the system, Jones says he expects the legislation to pass through within the year.

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