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SB21-017: Sexual Contact By An Educator

Bill Number: SB21-017
Year: 2021
ACLU Position: Monitor
Sponsors: R. Bockenfeld/C. Larson/M. Bradfield/R. Zenzinger/D. Hisey


Under current law, a secondary school teacher who has sexual contact with a student who is 18 years of age or older may not have committed a crime. The bill provides that an educator who subjects a secondary school student who is at least 18 years of age to sexual contact commits the crime of abuse of public trust by an educator if the educator is at least 4 years older than the student. Abuse of public trust by an educator is a class 1 misdemeanor. Consent by the student is not a defense to the crime.

Current Status:

Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee (05/05/2021)
Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (05/25/2021)

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