Teacher-Student Sex, Georgia Law's Loophole Make Some Worry

Semrau says he's surprised the district attorney in Cobb County is even prosecuting his client's case given the rulings in Whitehead, Chase and other cases across the state.

"If Chase v. State hadn't happened, my client would certainly be worse off," said Semrau.

According to Semrau, the student has testified that the relationship was consensual and has even talked about her desire to continue the relationship should King's trial be thrown out.

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King's bond restrictions do not allow him to contact the student until the case has been resolved, said Semrau.

"It's infinitely clear that the law provides for consensual, sexual contact," said Semrau, who said the state had "no chance" against his client thanks to the Chase ruling.

But Levitas says cases like Whitehead and now possibly King is a "shame."

"It's a shame not just for the citizens of Georgia overall but very specifically the children who could become victims of sexual assault by their teachers," said Levitas.

Levitas says he plans to introduce the House bill during the next legislative session, which begins on Jan. 11.

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