Greenwich & Stamford Teacher Student Sex Cases Threaten Automatic Jail Time Under Connecticut Statutory Rape Laws

When people throw the term “statutory rape” around, the most common scenario that comes to mind are adults having sex with minor children, or more specifically, children younger than 16 years old. But there is another statutory rape situation that seems to be coming up more and more frequently these days: teacher-student sex at high schools like those in Stamford, Greenwich, and other Connecticut cities and towns. Ask any top Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyer who handles statutory rape cases involving high school students and teachers: these cases can result in years of jail, sex offender registration, and 20+ years of probation.

So can anything be done to avoid automatic jail penalties in Stamford teacher student sex and statutory rape cases? Possibly. Keep reading…

Penalties for Sexual Assault in the Second Degree under CGS 53a-71: Teacher – Student Sex

The precise Connecticut criminal statute making teacher student sex illegal is C.G.S. 53a-71 Sexual Assault in the Second Degree. Under CGS 53a-71(a)(8), it is illegal for any school employee to have sexual intercourse with an enrolled student (regardless of the age of the student). This statutory rape law also applies to coaches. Under CGS 53a-71(a)(9), a coach is not permitted to have sexual intercourse with a victim who is a high school student which he or she coaches, or a victim who is under 18 years old. The penalties for this Class C felony are severe: up to 10 years in prison (20 years if the victim is under 16 years old), 9 months which are mandatory and cannot be reduced or suspended by the court, sex offender registration, a maximum $10,000 fine, and usually 20 years of sex offender probation.

Teacher-Student Sex Assault / Statutory Rape Probation

Probation that follows CGS 53a-71 Second Degree Sexual Assault convictions for teacher-student sex can be just as challenging as a jail sentence. You are monitored closely by special sex offender probation officers who monitor your living situations, restrict your access to minor children, monitor your use of computers and the internet, and require you to take polygraph and lie detector tests to gauge your sexual tendencies and risk levels. Statutory rape convicts we’ve spoken to who have endured sex offender probation for teacher student sex in schools similar to Stamford, Norwalk or Darien high schools have told us that sex offender probation is rigorous and just as harsh as the prison time they have served. Their travel is limited and they often feel like prisoners in their own home. That’s why it is critical to consult a top Stamford criminal lawyer prior to pleading guilty to teacher student Second Degree Sexual Assault statutory rape charges. You need to understand exactly how a guilty plea will affect your life after any jail sentence. In fact, some Connecticut prosecutors will often offer reduced jail sentences in exchange for lengthy probation sentences, knowing full well that the probation is often worse than the jail time. Don’t fall into that trap. Talk to a Connecticut statutory rape lawyer before making any moves in your Second Degree Sexual Assault case.

Fighting Your Connecticut Teacher Student CGS 53a-71 Statutory Rape Arrest Charges

It’s important for teachers and coaches suspected of sexual assault to realize that there are many cases where teenagers manufacture and fabricate sexual accusations against them.   Sometimes teenagers are going through difficult issues at home, are depressed, or are battling mental health or addiction issues. They will sometimes manufacture serious and false allegations against the people closest to them—their parents, doctors, teachers and coaches. We have often seen teachers and coaches face false accusations of rape; however, Greenwich and Stamford police are legally obligated to thoroughly investigate every allegation, no matter how far-fetched the accusation may be. That’s why we strongly advise Darien, Norwalk, Greenwich and Stamford high school teachers to not talk to youth and SVU police detectives without a lawyer present—even if you are innocent and have done nothing wrong. There’s too much at stake in these investigations.

Contact a Stamford Connecticut Teacher Student Sex & Statutory Rape Criminal Lawyer Today

So if you are a Greenwich, Danbury, Norwalk, Darien or Stamford high school teacher or athletic coach accused of sexually assaulting a student and violating Connecticut’s 53a-71 statutory rape laws, contact a sexual assault criminal lawyer attorney at Mark Sherman Law today. We will aggressively investigate the serious Connecticut statutory rape allegations made against you, and determine if a trial or plea bargain is the best resolution for your case. We appreciate how onerous and life-changing a sexual assault guilty plea can be to your life, especially with such severe jail and probation penalties at stake. That’s why we thoroughly investigate every sexual assault case we take on, and exhaust every possible factual scenario and legal argument we possibly can before committing to a defense strategy. The stakes are just too high to settle for an average attorney in a Stamford teacher student sexual assault rape case. Call the Mark Sherman Law firm today for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call at (203) 358-4700.