Is Sex A 30 Year Crime?

The Arkansas Supreme Court turned down a law forbidding teachers from having sexual contacts with their over 18 years old students, citing constitutional rights as an adult.

The ruling was related to a case against David Paschal, a 38 year old Arkansas teacher sentenced to 30 years in prison for having a five month relationship with his 18 year old student.

What’s baffling about the David Paschal case is how sex can lead to a 30 year sentence. Granted it is wrong for the teacher to have sexual relationships with his students in the first place -- from power and maturity perspectives that he has the upper hand and the student is powerless against his demands, and she, the student, may not be mature enough or have the life experience to know what’s really happening. But, 30 years for sex with a student? That seems like a very tough and excessive punishment.

There are some crimes far more heinous and deserving of an almost life sentence, such as anything involving the harming of another individual. Some of these hate or danger to others crime seemed to receive far fewer years than a guy having sexual relationships with a student.

So, when can you say something seems strange about our judicial system and some rulings seemed to require prior approval or guidance before the official ruling?

Sections:  living   
  • The Value of a Pageview
    At any given moment, there are more internet users than there are television watchers or magazine subscribers. According to emarketer, Americans spend a per day average of 5 hours on-line, 4.5 hours watching television, 1.5 hours listening to the radio and half hour reading printed material. More
  • Free Will Cost
    The ongoing debate continues. Will the majority of online content remain free to consumers? Yes and no; if you really need a yes or no, then no. Imagine the internet as a self-contained, large emerging economy comprising of new business owners and customers in a new territory. More
  • The Parent Syndrome
    Everyone says life is no longer the same once you have children, and it's not what you expected. So true. Despite the millions of self-help books, guides and advice literature out there, nothing really prepares you for being a parent until you've experienced it. More
  • Are You an Average Person?
    If I want to live my life like an average person and be an average person, what would that look like? Would you want to live like an average person? According to wikipedia, "Overall the average American, age 25 or older, made roughly $32,000 per year, does not have a college degree, has been, is, or will be married as well as divorced at least once during his or her lifetime, lives in his or her own home in a suburban setting, and holds a white-collar office job", as of 2005. More
  • The Starbucks Challenge
    Have you tasted a cup of Starbucks coffee from a Starbucks cafe lately? No, I mean really, really taste the coffee. Remove your brand loyalty lens and tell me that cup of Starbucks coffee doesn't taste like sugar water mixed with overly diluted coffee and a lot of dairy,or some other have-it-your-way blend of water, sugar and non-dairy dairy flavored with coffee essence. More
  • We Want What We Don't Have
    A recent article posted on said an Australian poll of 1,000 women found that women prefer that their husband cooked them dinner than have sex, and nine out of 10 women prefer a cooked dinner over flowers. The article goes on to say that women prefer men to help with household chores instead of doing more manly tasks. More


Comment On This Story

Welcome to Wopular!

Welcome to Wopular

Wopular is an online newspaper rack, giving you a summary view of the top headlines from the top news sites.

Senh Duong (Founder)
Wopular, MWB, RottenTomatoes

Subscribe to Wopular's RSS Fan Wopular on Facebook Follow Wopular on Twitter Follow Wopular on Google Plus

MoviesWithButter : Our Sister Site

More Living News