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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.

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