Teacher Says That Law Banning Sex With Students Is Unconstitutional

A teacher convicted of having sex with her students has appealed, saying the state's sex laws are unconstitutional.

​Carrollton, AL – A teacher who was convicted of having sex with a 16 year old student has appealed, claiming the state’s sex laws are unconstitutional.

Charli Parker, 31, pleaded guilty in August of 2017 to having sex with a student under 19 years of age, the Birmingham News reported. Parker is serving a three-year sentence in prison and is scheduled to be released in 2020.

"For her to be sitting in Julia Tutwiler Prison is ridiculous," her attorney, Virginia Buck, said.

Buck cited a case where, the same month that Parker was convicted, a Morgan County judge found the sex law unconstitutional, and said the statute was too broad to be properly interpreted, Tuscaloosa News reported.

She also said the statute should not apply to her client because the law wasn’t extended to include private school teachers until a month after Parker was charged. Parker taught at the private Pickens Academy in Carrollton.

In her brief to the court, Buck claimed the statute treated school employees different than anyone else.

“A doctor or therapist would be in a position of authority or trust over a patient, but it’s not a criminal offense with them to have sex [with] those patients if they are over the age of consent,” Buck said.

Buck described a hypothetical situation in her brief.

She said a 21-year-old janitor working for a Tuscaloosa school system could go to Gulf Shores for spring break and have sex with an 18-year-old from Daphne High School. Under the law, that janitor would be guilty of a felony, she said.

A similar situation actually occurred in a different state. In Connecticut, a 22-year-old female teacher was charged with three counts of felony sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student who attended a different school in her school district.

The Connecticut sexual assault statute specifically prohibits people from having sex with students who attend a "school under the jurisdiction of the local or regional board of education which employs the actor," regardless if the suspect was actually their teacher.

“But a 65-year-old doctor, minister, therapist, or attorney is not subject to criminal liability in Alabama for having consensual sex with a 16-year-old over whom he has authority or with whom he holds a position of trust,” she told the Tuscaloosa News.

"It's just way too broad and it treats school employees differently without basis," she said. "Now if there's a situation where a school employee has coerced a student into a sexual act or exploited a student, that's one thing. But this current statute presumes this happens every time a school employee has sex with a student."

Buck cited the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which said consenting adults have the right to privacy in matters involving consensual sexual intimacy, the Birmingham News reported. That case struck down the state’s laws prohibiting consenting adults from engaging in homosexual sex.

Parker and her husband, James “Jamie” Franklin Parker III, were both arrested in March of 2016.

They were both teachers at Pickens Academy, where she taught elementary computer classes, physical education, and coached the girls’ basketball team. Her husband taught math, coached boys’ basketball, and was the student government association sponsor, according to the Tuscaloosa News.

Charli Parker was accused of having multiple sexual encounters with two different 16-year-old male students.

Her husband was charged with having sexual contact multiple times with a former female student, and also pleaded guilty. His sentencing was scheduled for June.

Do you think that all teachers should be prohibited from having sex with any student? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (31)
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PeterB
PeterB

What a power couple, True role models. After all it did happen in California, oops looks like Carrollton, ALABAMA! @Teijeiro2 hope you found the "Husband"?

HankT
HankT

ONE QUESTION COMES TO MIND ! WTF ? Both of them? Something isn't right! AND they have children too ? That photo shows her pregnancy ! If it was just a one time thing and she was single too, Maybe it would not be so bad ! That boy will be in love with her now and do crazy stuff ! NO ! I think she is where she belongs and Mr. HUBBY should be right there too ! B.S.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Keep her there! That's a predator!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The utter caucacity...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel you type like an idiot.

Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel

Speak English. Not ebonics ponk.

fenolj
fenolj

They are both whores. I hope they are not allowed to ever teach children again.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel what is ebonics, clown? And how old are you, Herbert?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel haha, I get it now. You realize the way you were speaking made you look really dumb, so you insult me by calling me "bookworm."

Good joke! Keep them coming, I'm sure someone finds you funny.

Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel what video? All I see is a link to myiptest.com. I use a VPN, by the way.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@AndrewBlake you might want to look into @Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Posting links on your story designed to gather other people's IP addresses. I'm not too familiar with how you deal with that here, but he could be trying to doxx someone. Who should I contact?

Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel
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I took a picture of your ass in case you deleted it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@AndrewBlake here is a pic of @Hi_estCumminsDiesel trying to doxx me. He deleted the original message.

Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel

@AndrewBlake @Hi_estComnDenomn is a terrorist.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel you're acting scared. You must know what the penalties for doxxing are.

Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel
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Hi_estCumminsDiesel
Hi_estCumminsDiesel

I don't know what the hell you're even talking about. You're a jack ass I know that

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Hi_estCumminsDiesel well, all the webmaster would have to do is "rewind" the message timelog and see when what was deleted. You do realize that, right?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Do you think because you deleted it in the comments section, it isn't stored on a server until its next purge?

JBo
JBo

Why don't you two go get a hotel room and duke it out?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JBo nah, there's no point in fighting someone because of Internet talk.

He should definitely make sure his Yahoo email account doesn't stay logged in all the time on his desktop though.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

ANY leader having an intimate relationship with the led is wrong. God said it was wrong because it has damaging consequences for all involved. It is wrong on every level. Only some one who worships satan would say that it is ok.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn what? Your God specifically told his soldiers to kill every able bodied man and boy, make the women slaves, and rape and claim the girl prisoners as their brides.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Tell george it isn't working

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn alright. also tell your God he shouldn't condone child rape.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

ANY leader having an intimate relationship with the led is wrong. God said it was wrong because it has damaging consequences for all involved. It is wrong on every level. Only some one who worships satan would say that it is ok. and You know it