Bill Closes Loophole in Student-Teacher Sex Laws

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers want to close a loophole in state law that allows teachers to pursue otherwise illegal sexual relationships with some students by either the student or employee transferring schools.

The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed AB377 Thursday. The Assembly already approved the measure.

Currently under law, teachers are not allowed to have sexual relationships with students under 18 at the same school. The age of consent in Nevada is 16.

Democratic Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop of Las Vegas says these sexual relationships would start then either the student or teacher would switch schools and continue the previously illegal relationship.

This bill prohibits those relationships between school employees and any students younger than 18 that meet through the employee's school duties.

The committee took no action.