OKLAHOMA CITY — A child advocacy group is speaking out after a local attorney said an Oklahoma law that prohibits teachers from having sex with students is “unconstitutional.”
Attorney David Slane represents former Western Heights teacher and coach Tyrone Nash who is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.
Slane argues that the student was old enough to consent.
The law states that a 16 year old can give consent but another Oklahoma law makes sex between a student and a teach or coach illegal.
The Oklahoma Institute For Child Advocacy said the law is designed to protect students.
“I believe that this law is an important law to have in place,” Executive Director Linda Terrell said. “It is important for us to make sure that our children are protected.”
Terrell said teachers and school employees are in a position of power over students, which could lead to inappropriate relationships.
Nash’s attorney filed the paperwork challenging the law on Tuesday.
“We haven’t gone crazy and we’re not arguing that teachers and students should have sexual relations but what we are saying is that this is a poorly written law; it needs to be struck down and the law needs to be written properly,” Slane said.
Nash was charged with five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of forcible oral sodomy.