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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Whackademia Quote: Bad Timing in Teacher-Student Sex Case

     A Pennsylvania high school substitute English teacher will strand trial on charges she had sex with two 18-yeasr-old students days before they graduated in the Spring of 2014. But defense attorney Michael DeRiso said Tiffany Leiseth, 26, didn't commit a crime because the students were also "adults" under the law and therefore old enough to consent.

     Moon Township police and Allegheny County prosecutors disagree with the defense attorney's interpretation of the law. They argue that the young men, at the time of the alleged offenses, were still students even though classes at New Brighton High School had ended.

     In Pennsylvania, sex between a student and a teacher is a third-degree felony, regardless of the student's age. [The crime carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.]

     Tiffany Leiseth no longer works for the school district and will surrender her state teaching license.

"Substitute Teacher Heads to Trial in Student Sex Case," Associated Press, October 2, 2014 

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