ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Senate passes a bill to protect students from sexual predators at school.
A press release says the legislation would criminalize any school employee or volunteer who has sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.
“Schools are supposed to be safe havens for all students, including those who have reached the age of consent. A sexual relationship between a school employee and a student is never appropriate," Senator Betty Little (R-C-I Queensbury) said. "School employees, whether they are faculty, administration, coaching or support staff, are in a position of trust and power. Similar to licensing laws that, for example, prohibit sexual relationships between a therapist and patient, this legislation would offer students legal protection and serve to deter the conduct.”
Sen. Little sponsored the bill. Under the bill, those convicted could face a sentence of up to 4 years in prison.
The bill now heads to the New York Assembly.
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