One reader asks, "Alabama ranks number 4 in states with the most child marriages, often to adults. " Back in May 2001, a bill was introduced into the Alabama Senate that sought to raise the age a person can marry from 14 years-old to 16.
Thompson said the ruling, which he will issue later, will apply to both cases because the arguments and issues are essentially the same."There's no way I can announce anything today," Thompson said.David Solomon, 26, was a contract aid at Falkville High.Each was charged in March 2016 with a class B felony on accusations they had sexual relationships with students under the age of 19.Some require parental consent, while half have no age limit.
Between 20, over 200,000 children have been married across the country, according to data from 38 states and two counties collated by advocacy groups and later published by PBS's Frontline.
Sinclair also cited Alabama's laws against incest, which also do not allow consent as a defense.
The school employee-student sex law, Sinclair argued, is designed specifically to protect victims from a potential abuse of power.
In those cases, he said, the courts have ruled, "You can't legislate morality." Tuten told the judge he isn't admitting any wrong doing on behalf of his client or advocating for relationships between teachers and students.
But he argued the law in unnecessary because other laws prohibit crimes like forcible rape, sexual misconduct, statutory rape and sexual abuse -- without singling out school employees.
The law, Tuten argued, doesn't not specify student-teacher sex as illegal, but rather says school employees can't have sexual relationships with students.