School Teachers and Sex Crimes
It seems that almost once a week, one Florida teacher or another is headlining news reports after being arrested for some sex crime against a child. Only recently, it was a teacher in Palm Beach County, this week it is an elementary school teacher in Mango, Fla. Sex crimes against children are extremely serious and have even more serious consequences. These crimes often involve a heavy investigation and no room for mercy for the defendants. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a minor, seek the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Why Teachers Have Sex with Their Students
In an effort to understand why there are so many teachers being featured in news articles for having had sexual relationships with their students, I conducted some research to find out what drives teachers to commit sex crimes that could result in years in prison.
According to an article in Business Insider, female teachers may have sex with their male students for several reasons including love, loneliness, lust, or as a reaction to having been sexually abused as a child themselves. The article gives a few case examples for each of these intrinsic motivations but it all boils down to one thing: emotional unbalance. These teachers who are choosing to involve themselves sexually with students who are 20 or more years younger than them (and minors no less), are willing to risk being convicted of a felony to fulfill some emotional emptiness caused by an event from their past. The article also discusses why society is almost making these relationships more acceptable, regardless of the law, because of cultural shifts we are experiencing.
Sex Crimes Against Children in South Florida
Parents are growing more and more concerned with this epidemic of teachers having sex with students, and law enforcement is wondering exactly what sort of regulations to increase to prevent this from happening. Should we increase the qualifications required in order to become a teacher? Should we require psychological evaluations? Teachers have an obligation to society to guide and help shape younger generations into quality citizens, it is disheartening to see people we entrust our children to committing crimes against minors.
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a minor, it is imperative that you get help from a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Being convicted of this crime can result in extremely serious consequences including time in prison or even having to register as a sex offender. Contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately to begin planning a defense strategy for your case.