House Passes Legislation To Protect Students From Sexual Misconduct By School Employees
Rep. Hagan applauds bill, which expands offense of sexual battery against students
September 30, 2015
 
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COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) applauds the passage of House Bill 92 in the Ohio House today. This bill, sponsored by Representative Hagan, seeks to protect the well-being of students in Ohio from sexual misconduct by school employees.


 


Under current law, a person employed by a school who is a “person in authority” is not permitted to engage in sexual conduct with a student enrolled in that school. Unfortunately this leaves out a large group of employees that are considered “non-authority” and therefore are not legally restrained from engaging in sexual activity with students. This group includes cafeteria workers, janitors, and many other miscellaneous school employees.


 


House Bill 92 enhances current statute to protect Ohio’s students by making it illegal for anyone who is employed at a school to engage in sexual conduct with a student who is at least four years younger than the employee.  It also extends the prohibition to employees of colleges by making it illegal for an employee to engage in sexual conduct with a student of that college if the student is a minor and at least four years younger than the offender.


 


Representative Hagan issued the following statement regarding the passage of HB 92:


 


"I am pleased to see this measure to safeguard the educational experience of students in Ohio advance beyond the Ohio House once more. We will be working to ensure that the Senate too passes this bill to protect students from ill intending staff to pursue sexual relations with students while they are minors in our school systems. It is of upmost importance that the people receiving our tax dollars are focused on the job they are hired to do, our students and parents should rest assured that we intend to heighten the criminal penalty for non authority employees with such perverse intentions and actions who choose to engage in sexual battery against students. Our schools should be a safe place for students to learn and it should matter not whether you are in a position of authority or working a non authoritative roll, there should be a zero tolerance policy to keep these scenarios from occurring and hindering the students during their developmental years in our great State. I am thankful for the support today of my fellow Representatives on this important issue.”


 


House Bill 92 passed unanimously and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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