Thursday, May 15, 2008

23 year old teacher charged with sexual relationship with 18 year old student

Joy Blackstock, 23, an Early High School teacher, was charged with a count of improper relationship between a teacher and a student for a sexual relationship which occurred during the fall of last year, and she was released on $15,000 bail, according to Brown County court records.

Although the student was 18 at the time, a Texas law makes it a felony for a teacher to have sexual contact with a student in the same school, regardless of whether he or she is legally old enough to consent. In this case, he consented, Mercer said.

Blackstock resigned from last month after school officials investigated rumors about the alleged relationship, confronted her and she acknowledged it was true, Mercer said.

Sexual contact between a teacher and a student is a Class 2 felony in Texas, punishable by between 2 and 20 years in prison. This law is controversial as applied to adults over the AOC, which is 17.

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