Yet again a Texas court has absolved a teacher for being pervy with a student, thanks to a court ruling last year connected to a Houston case.
A Fort Worth teacher in this 30s was let off the hook recently and the case dismissed after being arrested for getting all PG/PG-13 with a student at Baxter Junior High.
According to the Star-Telegram, the cell phone text convos went something like this:
"[T]alking about if either of them walked around naked in their homes, keeping the relationship secret until the victim graduates, dreams that each of them had about each other, virginity and showing restraint while they are in the classroom," the affidavit says.
The teacher, Sean Arlis Williams, was originally arrested on an online solicitation of minor charge which was reduced, then dropped all together.
The message this sends out is probably best summed up by Houston attorney Mark Bennett:
"It's OK for adults to talk dirty to children," he told the Star-Telegram.
See, Bennett is the guy who defended choir teacher John Christopher Lo a couple of years ago in his sexting case in Harris County. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently ruled on the case and struck down a portion of a 2005 law banning adults from sexy online talk with kids.
The Houston Chronicle explained it:
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The court's ruling said the 2005 law makes illegal a "whole cornucopia of titillating talk or dirty talk" but would also outlaw online discussions of other sexually explicit content including famous works like "Lolita" "50 Shades of Grey" "Lady Chatterly's Lover" and Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida."
The court ended up ruling that, "Sexual expression which is indecent but not obscene is protected by the First Amendment."
And another pervy teacher gets off on sexting with a student. Still, the Star-Telegram reports "that a motion for rehearing Lo's case is pending at the appeals court level." Let's hope so.
We're not against free speech, just perved out teachers making passes at our kids.