A 57-year-old Jones High School teacher was arrested Tuesday after Orlando police said he had sex with a 16-year-old female student.
Detectives say Hugh Broomes, named Jones High's teacher of the year last year, had sex with the girl 10 times since November. At least some of the encounters happened on the campus at 810 S. Rio Grande Ave., said Sgt. Jim Young, a police spokesman.
Broomes, a language-arts teacher, was arrested about 5:30 p.m. and was booked into the Orange County Jail on a charge of sexual activity with a child. He is being held without bail.
He was removed from the classroom Monday and will not work in the district pending the results of an internal investigation, said Kathy Marsh, a district spokeswoman. Broomes will be paid in the interim, she said.
What is the actually law on student teacher relationships and why is it so frowned upon?
There are a number of laws which might apply, and none of them are federal, so the details will vary depending on where you live. First of all, if the student is underage, it is considered statutory rape for an adult to be sexually involved with a student. That pretty much is the major approach used to prosecute middle and high school teachers.
Secondly, it is generally considered sexual harassment, because the relationship cannot be equal between a teacher and a student. The student just doesn't have a choice. You will usually find that unless the student is a minor, the teacher only gets into legal trouble if the student her/himself complains.
In addition to those legal aspects, most schools have their own policies on dating between students and teachers. They are trying to do two things. First, they need to protect students from predatory teachers (the type who will threaten to fail a student unless s/he sleeps with the teacher). Secondly, they need to maintain an environment which is comfortable for all students.