Senate approves school sexual misconduct measure - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Senate approves school sexual misconduct measure

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate has approved a measure to toughen and clarify state law concerning sexual misconduct by school employees.

The measure, passed unanimously by the Senate Tuesday, says that employees who have sexual relations with an enrolled student of the school where the employee works would be charged with sexual misconduct, even if the student is an adult between the age of 18 and 21.

The bill was proposed in response to a recent court decision that found existing law to be unclear concerning teacher sexual misconduct with students between the ages of 16 and 20.

The measure now goes to the House for consideration.

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