(DailyVantage.com) – Parents send their children to school, trusting the teachers have their best interests in mind. Unfortunately for some, this turns out not to be the case. Authorities have dropped charges against one Missouri teacher who entered a relationship with a student after the two tied the knot.
In 2019, Baylee Turner, a teacher at Sarcoxie High School in Sarcoxie, Missouri, entered a sexual relationship with one of her students, whose age wasn’t disclosed. Prosecutors charged her with a felony because the state law prohibits sexual contact between educators and students, even if he was of consensual age at the time. However, prosecutors did an about-face recently and dropped those charges.
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Turner and the unnamed student recently married, bringing spousal privilege into the equation. Courts can’t compel spouses to testify against each other, and because of this, there was little for prosecutors to go on.
Following the incident, Turner turned in her teaching license. Her recent marriage means she’ll avoid the charge, jail time, and any work-related disciplinary actions that might have occurred as a result of a conviction.
What do you think? Did prosecutors make the right decision in dropping charges against Turner, or should they have persisted?
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