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Judge refuses to dismiss teacher-teen sexual assault case in Alabama

October 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Judge refuses to dismiss teacher-teen sexual assault case in Alabama

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A judge in Alabama has declined to dismiss a sexual assault case against a teacher until another state court determines whether the law used to charge the suspect is constitutional.

On Thursday, Lawrence County Circuit Judge Mark Craig rejected a motion to drop the case in the case against 27-year-old Taylor Brooks Boyles, a teacher at Moulton who had sex with a student during the student’s senior year at Lawrence County High School.

She was taken into custody in May and was charged with being a school employee taking part in a sex act or deviant intercourse with a student under 19, the Decatur Daily reported.

Craig stayed the sexual assault case until a separate court decided in two other trials regarding a similar matter.

Taylor Brooks Boyles

Boyles’ attorney exhibited disappointment with the decision, considering the circumstances.

“This is a peculiar situation because we have a statute designed to protect students,” lawyer Mark Dutton said. “As a father, I’m proud of that. I believe when this was adopted, it failed to consider the conflict that was created versus the law that a 16-year-old and above can consent to sexual contact if the consent is voluntary… I don’t believe what (Boyles) is accused of may be right. But I believe what she is accused of is not criminal.”

The law under consideration was passed in 2010 and forbids school employees from having sexual relationships with students under the age of 19. However, defense lawyers contended that this regulation contradicted a state law that states 16 is the legal age of consent.

In the cases Craig discussed, two teachers were individually accused of having relationships with students, all of whom were older than 16-years-old.

Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson considered the 2010 law unconstitutional noting that the students were old enough to consent.

Thompson’s decision is under appeal by the district attorney and state attorney general.

State Senator Arthur Orr asked for a new draft of the legislation, shaped after other states’ versions of the law if the judge’s ruling is upheld.

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