Lawmaker seeks to close loophole on prosecuting school employees


There's a loophole in Ohio law that prevents a prosecutor from charging someone, other than a teacher, from having sex with a child who is 16 years old.

Now a state lawmaker wants to make sure that loophole is closed.

State Representative Christina Hagan (R) District 50, told members of the Criminal Justice Committee, that this is a "glaring loophole in Ohio's law that allows employees in public and nonpublic districts who are not teachers or administrators to engage in sex with some students."

She wants the law to include "lunch ladies, janitors and other miscellaneous school employees."

House Bill 426 also prohibits any employee who is not a teacher or person in authority from engaging in sexual conduct with a minor who is at least 4 years younger than the employee.