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Legislators still working on bill concerning sexual contact with a student

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 5:07 p.m. MST

A bill defining a A bill defining a "teacher" in cases of sexual contact with a student was held yet again Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee in an effort to get the language exactly right. (Shutterstock)

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill defining a "teacher" in cases of sexual contact with a student was held yet again Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee in an effort to get the language exactly right.

HB213 would adjust the law on criminal penalties for sexual contact with a student. Instead of the term "teacher," the bill would change the wording to include any employee or volunteer at a school who is at least 18 years old.

The bill also states that it would be a third-degree felony for someone to have sexual contact with a minor in an educational setting.

"Every person who enters that profession … will know that by their own choice they chose to enter a position of high, high trust," said bill sponsor Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper.

— Madeleine Brown

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