Alabama state dating laws
A number of teachers have been charged under that law since it was enacted by the Alabama Legislature in 2010. Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, the bill's sponsor, said at the time that he introduced the bill because of an incident where a teacher and a 16-year-old student were allegedly having a sexual relationship.
He said the school could take no action against the teacher because the student was 16, which is the age of consent in Alabama. The bill provides that consent is not a defense and a person convicted under that law faces a sentence of two to 20 years in prison.
Being charged with the crime of domestic violence can be confusing.
You should talk to a lawyer that specializes in domestic violence before making any decisions about your case because it could be your freedom at stake.The special relationship can be a current spouse, former spouse, parent, child, a present household member, a former household member, someone who the defendant is dating currently, has dated in the past, or any person with whom the defendant has a child in common with.A “dating relationship” for the purpose of these charges means “a significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature characterized by the expectation of affectionate or sexual involvement over a period of time and on a continuing basis during the course of the relationship.” A dating relationship includes the period of engagement to be married but does not include a casual or business relationship or a relationship that ended more than 12 months prior to the filing of the petition for a protection order.After hearing oral arguments this afternoon about the constitutionality of Alabama's law prohibiting school employees from having sex with students, Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson said he has "a lot of reading to do." Thompson said he needs to study written arguments that previously were submitted before he rules on whether the law is unconstitutional.The question of constitutionality is being raised by defense attorneys for a former Decatur High School teacher and an ex-aid who worked at Falkville High School. Carrie Witt, 43, taught history, psychology and social studies and coached girls' golf and junior varsity cheer at Decatur High.