In Michigan, teachers accused of having sexual relationships with students will face charges of criminal sexual conduct by the prosecution. There are four degrees of criminal sexual conduct charges in Michigan. Depending on the type of relationship, and the age of the student, a teacher can be charged with CSC 1 or CSC 3, both which involve sexual penetration, or CSC 2 or CSC 4, which involve only sexual contact. No matter what the relationship, a teacher/student relationship can have serious consequences if allegations are brought. Our office has represented multiple teachers accused of criminal sexual conduct including male and female teachers. Our office has a very specific strategy which has helped us successfully defend these cases and in some cases, helped clients avoid prison and sex offender registry.
In December of 2013, a teacher from Texas was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his high-school students, who was 16 years old. The teacher and the student were seen, by another student, at an Olive Garden feeding each other and showing affection. While witnessing this, the other student captured a picture and reported the activity to the authorities. A police investigation followed, which uncovered sexual text messages, and photos of the student in lingerie and of the student and teacher kissing. The teacher was ultimately charged for having an improper relationship with a student and indecency charges.
Whether you are a teacher facing allegations of having a sexual relationship with a student, or someone accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, these crimes are serious sex crimes that need to be handled and defended by an attorney experienced in criminal sexual conduct, not a general criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, P.C. is experienced in handling crimes of CSC and is dedicated to defending crimes of this nature. If you have had allegations or charges of criminal sexual conduct brought against you, contact our office for a consultation and the best way to go about defending your individual case.