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Opening Arguments

Age of consent

Another teacher dallies with another student:

A female Pike High School assistant teacher was being held Thursday, accused of engaging in sex acts with a 17-year-old male student.

Taine Abdullah, 40, was in the Marion County Jail on Thursday on a preliminary charge of child seduction. Bond was set at $300,000.

The student told police he thought of Abdullah, his study hall teacher, as a mentor.

You don't have to read very far into the comments by readers to know that people aren't reacting to this quite the way they would if it were a 40-year-old male teacher and a 17-year-old female student: You call this a crime? Paging Mrs. Robinson! Wish I'd had a mentor like that when I was in school! How can they charge her for sleeping with a 17-year-old when 16 is the age of consent?

But Indiana's child seduction law was designed specifically to cover 16- and 17-year-olds who have reached the age of consent but are still under the control of someone with authority over them, such as teachers. It's the abuse of authority that creates the crime. Children under the age of 16 are protected by child molestation laws, and this is an attempt to protect our older children. Hard to find much fault with the law.

Elsewhere in age-of consent news, Indiana's proposed legislation making "sexting" by Hoosier students a juvenile offense has been put off for a "summer study committee" review because of some unresolved issues:

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council director Steve Johnson said that teens of legal age can have sex but the bill would make it a crime for them to exchange nude photos in certain cases. He says it was clear some policy issues had not been thought through.


Fri, 02/19/2010 - 2:58pm

Via theagitator.com

"Just so we

Lewis Allen
Sat, 02/20/2010 - 7:00am

Excellent point, michaelk42.

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 5:11pm

I suspect the poor 17-year-old "victim" will somehow get over this terrible trauma.
But the teacher really ought to be charged with First-Degree Stupid. Teenagers talk.

Lewis Allen
Mon, 02/22/2010 - 8:17pm

Llittlejohn, check out her picture. The victim won't get over it that fast, I'll bet. I've said it before and I'll say it again: The degree of trauma in these situations is inversely proportional to the attractiveness of the perp (at least for males).

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 9:29pm

I can't find her picture, but I'll take your word for it. Personally, I don't remember being particularly picky about my partners when I was 17. Any port in a testosterone storm, and all that.

Lewis Allen
Tue, 02/23/2010 - 6:17am

badbadteacher.com is an excellent website that tracks these sorts of things, and usually has photos.