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Georgia lawmakers to look at consent laws

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia lawmakers may have to clarify the law designed to prohibit sex between teachers and students.

The State Supreme Court recently ruled, if the sex is consensual and the student is at least 16, the teacher can use that as a defense. State Representative Doug Collins is writing a bill to make sexual contact between a teacher and student illegal in all cases.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said the recent ruling shouldn't be considered an open door for people to engage in activities that would allow them to use consent as a defense.

"With any decision from the supreme court there may be a further review and perhaps a reversal of that current finding. I'm sure that there are some particular facts about that case that make that situation unique," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Edwards said Dougherty County School Police are still investigating the case involving former Albany High Teacher Abraham Wesley.

He was fired after he sent a student sexually explicit text messages and showed up at a hotel to meet her. It was later revealed he faked college transcripts to get the job.


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