DETROIT (WWJ) – Michigan Senator Rick Jones is pushing for a Michigan law that would make it illegal for a teacher to have sex with a school student, regardless of their age.
In December 2010, a 28-year-old male Ionia High School teacher took a student to a Kalamazoo hotel for sex the day after her 18th birthday. Despite being 18, the student was not set to graduate until June 2011.READ MORE: Woman Who Shot At Police Killed By Cop At Juneteenth Event
Jones said a loophole in state law allows unscrupulous teachers to take advantage of students.
“The age of consent in Michigan is 16,” said Jones. “However, a teacher may not have sex with a student or they are committing criminal sexual conduct. However, the law was written years ago. At age 18, they are no longer considered a student.”READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
An investigation was conducted by the Michigan State Police. Although, Jones said he was flabbergasted to find out that no charges could be filed against the teacher, calling it a “violation of trust.”
“Parents who send their children to school think they are going to be in a protected atmosphere and a school where they are going to learn things and be educated, not be subjected to a teacher removing them from the class taking them to a Kalamazoo Motel Room and having sex with them,” said Jones. “It’s outrageous.”MORE NEWS: Michigan Reports 327 New COVID-19 Cases, 35 Deaths
Jones said he thinks he has the support to close a loophole in the law.