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If you're going to have sex with your high school teacher, you probably want to get it on tape. After all, your friends might not believe you if you just told them. So maybe you record it on your cell phone and share it with a few or eleven of your friends.
This would actually be a bad idea. Because, unless you had the teacher's permission to tape the encounter, you may have just committed a felony. And that teacher might sue you.
Tanya Ramirez was fired from her high school teaching and coaching job after cell phone video of her and a 17-year old student surfaced last year. While 17 is the age of consent in Texas, Ramirez was indicted under the state's statute prohibiting improper relationships between educators and students. (She was also accused of having a second improper relationship with a different student.)
Now she is suing the student involved, claiming his recording was illegal and its release caused her emotional distress. According to her lawsuit, Ramirez claims that the teen videotaped their sex in 2014 and "disseminated the video to numerous people and caused the video to be posted on YouTube." And under Texas law, recording and promoting a sexual encounter without the person's consent can be a felony. She also claims sharing the video was "extreme and outrageous conduct" that constituted an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Ramirez is fighting back against the law and the student's mother. She is challenging the statute, claiming the law is unconstitutional and makes "no sense." Her attorney, Amie Pratt, told the New York Daily News, "Even though she is guilty of having sex with a student, the student was a consenting adult when it happened. Had she not been a teacher, this would not have been a crime."
And she has filed a lawsuit against the student's mom, claiming she told several media outlets the teacher had sex with students other than her son and called Ramirez a sexual predator. That lawsuit alleges the mother's statements exposed Ramirez to "public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury, and impeached her honesty and integrity."
We thought exposing yourself to students would've accomplished that already.
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