Arkansas Supreme Court: Teacher-Student Sex OK If...
...said student is 18
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2012 11:54 AM CDT
If you're 18, and it's consensual, a relationship with your teacher is OK in Arkansas.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Arkansas 18-year-olds can now freely engage in sex with their teachers. The state's Supreme Court yesterday struck down the state's law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship. The court sided with 38-year-old David Paschal, an Elkins High School history and psychology teacher who admitted having a five-month consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

"Regardless of how we feel about Paschal's conduct, which could correctly be referred to as reprehensible, we cannot abandon our duty to uphold the rule of law when a case presents distasteful facts," wrote the chief justice. Paschal, who is serving a 30-year sentence, will have his convictions reversed and dismissed. Attorneys for the state argued the law protects high school students from sexual advances of teachers who are in positions of authority. It is unclear if the state will appeal the ruling.

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kokuaguy
Mar 31, 2012 8:06 PM CDT
The headline is a disgrace -- the Arkansas Supreme Court did not say that such a relationship is "OK" under any circumstances. It simply overturned an outrageous and unconstitutional jail sentence. Shame on Newser.
slammer
Mar 31, 2012 9:48 AM CDT
DAMN AND I GO TO SCHOOL IN NYS!
Ultraworld
Mar 30, 2012 8:53 PM CDT
To get 30 yrs, he must have done something more. Maybe he started a relationship with her when she was 16. Maybe he has priors. There must be more to this.