Former Miss Texas
Contestant – Amy McElhenney arrested for allegedly having sex with her
18 year old Student
June 12th, 2006
25, was arrested on May 25th due to allegations of having sex
with an 18 year old student with whom she teaching. McElhenney is a
high school Spanish teacher in Carrollton, near Dallas. She also
participated in a 2002 Miss Texas contest.
Due to the new
laws in Texas that make it a crime to have sex in student-teacher
relationship even thought the student was 18 years old. McElhenney
faces up to a 20 year sentence if convicted.
There is debate
with some lawmakers that say since the student was of legal age it
should make McElhenney exempt of the felony charge. According to
Chron.com the State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, intended the 2003
Texas criminal felony law to apply to student-teacher sexual
relationships with 17 year olds and younger.
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other legislators added amendments that made student-teacher sex illegal
at any age. The debate of McElhenney case is that she had sex with an
18 year old that was of legal age. Is the student at this point just as
guilty? At this time reports do not say that McElhenney was aware that
the student-teacher law pertained to all ages including 18 year olds.
Parents fear if
the law does not include 18 year olds that teachers will prey on the
senior class students with sexual advances. The jury will have to
decide on this case and it may change legislation in the future.
If they sentence McElhenney for this crime it will make an example to
other teachers not to behave in this manner. The real question is
if an 18 year old is old enough to vote and go to war, then is this
really a child that needs protecting?
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