Teacher Sues State Over Sex Law

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) – A teacher convicted of having consensual sex with a “mature” student in 1993 says Virginia unfairly reclassified her as a “sexually violent” offender, requiring her to register as such for the rest of her life. Jane Does claims she can no longer pick her kids up from school or attend church under the new rules.

     Doe sued the Virginia State Police and the Spotsylvania County School Board for constitutional violations, in Federal Court.
     “Because of her 2008 reclassification, approximately 15 years after her offense, Jane Doe now has a continuing duty to register for life,” according to the complaint.
     The 2008 amendment to the state law reclassified even consensual, nonforcible sex as “a sexually violent offense when the individual was more than 5 years older than the minor, which Jane Doe was.”
     Doe says her two children, ages 4 and 2, and her 9-year-old stepchild are now unable to participate in after-school activities because she can’t pick them up.
     “Jane Doe is denied, and will continue to be denied, the right to direct the upbringing and education of her minor children,” the complaint states.
     She seeks declaratory judgment and an injunction reversing her classification as a violent sex offender.
     She also wants the Spotsylvania County School Board to drop its policy that allows her to enter school grounds by only if she publicly reveals her identity.
     She is represented by Marvin Miller.

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