State Rep. Hagan Applauds House Passage Of Sexual Misconduct Legislation
Bill Prohibits School Employees from Engaging in Sexual Activity with Students

COLUMBUS—State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) today applauded the passage of House Bill 241, legislation which would prohibit any public or nonpublic school employee, along with employees of colleges and universities, from engaging in sexual conduct with students enrolled in an Ohio high school.

House Bill 241 addresses a loophole in State law that allows employees in public and nonpublic school districts, who are not teachers or administrators, to engage in sexual activity with minor students, of the age of consent, without being criminally charged.

“Taxpayers and students, alike, deserve peace of mind when thinking about the safety of sending their children to school,” Rep. Hagan said. “I want to ensure that such disturbing actions are not deemed acceptable in our classrooms.”

The bill stemmed from a case in Rep. Hagan’s County in which a cafeteria worker at a Stark County high school could not be prosecuted under current law for engaging in sexual conduct with six male students.  H.B. 241 ensures that all school employees, including janitors and cafeteria workers, can be criminally charged for engaging in sexual activity with a minor.

The legislation was endorsed by former Legislator and Mayor, Judy Carr, of Alliance, Ohio. Representative Carr originally worked on this area of code to prohibit such sexual activity with authoritative employees. She recognized and supported Representative Hagan's desire to expand code to include all school employees from engaging sexually with students in Ohio.

H.B. 241 passed the House unanimously and will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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