A San Diego special education teacher who had a sexual relationship with a 17 year-old boy at the school where she worked pleaded guilty in the case last February. The 34 year-old teacher, who was pregnant with the boy’s child at the time of her court case, was sentenced to three years of probation along with potential jail time before the birth of her child, which was due last April. During her probation, she is not permitted to work with minors and was ordered to undergo counseling by the judge on her case. She was not, however, required to register as a sex offender which is often a consequence in cases that involve sex with a minor.

The woman was convicted of sexual assault with the boy whom she met as a student in her class at the New Haven Residential School in Vista, California which is a school for troubled students. She was ordered to serve a year in jail but allowed to be released at the time of her child’s birth.

In California, statutory rape consists of having sex with a minor under the age of 18 which is a crime regardless of whether the sexual relations were consensual or not. This offense may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. In cases where the accused is 21 or older and the victim is less than 16 years old, it will generally be charged as a felony carrying penalties of 2, 4, or 6 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. In cases where the accused is at least three years older than the victim who is not under 16, it may be charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

Being accused of a sex crime, as in the case above, is a serious matter which can lead to severe consequences such as jail time, heavy fines, probation, court-ordered counseling, and the potential for mandatory registration as a sex offender. A conviction of such a crime can destroy your reputation, your career, and future employment prospects. That is why it is imperative to seek competent and dedicated legal representation.

The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen provides capable legal help from an attorney whose focus is on helping you to achieve the best possible case results. Contact the firm to arrange for a consultation with Attorney Marc Kohnen about your case.