Maryland Senate Votes To Close Sexual Abuse Loophole | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland Senate Votes To Close Sexual Abuse Loophole

Play associated audio

The Maryland Senate has approved a measure that would let authorities charge any employee of a school for having sex with a student.

The bill's sponsor is Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin, who says current state law only allows for full-time employees of a school to be charged with having sex with a student who is above the age of consent, which in Maryland is 16.

"There's a loophole there. Because it does not cover part-time and temporary employees. Which means it doesn't cover substitutes," he says. "And it doesn't cover a case like we saw in Montgomery County that we saw just a couple of years ago. Where there was a full-time teacher at a middle school, but who was a part-time coach at a high school."

The teacher in that case was never charged, even though authorities wanted to bring charges.

NPR

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net', Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."
NPR

Drought May Cost California's Farmers Almost $3 Billion In 2015

The state's farmers could be out $2.7 billion dollars and more than 18,000 jobs, with 564,000 acres fallowed by the end of 2015, researchers at UC Davis write in a new report.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Lobbies DC United To Move To Loudoun County

Virginia is making a last-minute pitch to DC United to scrap its deal with the District and instead move into a new stadium in the commonwealth.
NPR

Detroit Hopes To Drive Tech Startups Away From Silicon Valley

It doesn't have a lot of high-tech companies, but the city is interested in attracting young tech entrepreneurs. Detroit's rents are far more affordable, but then there are the brutally cold winters.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.