On October 17, 22-year-old Symone Greene allegedly performed oral sex on an 11th grade student behind a teacher’s desk while students were attending a pep rally, according to a news article at Afro.com. This was Greene’s first day on the job as a substitute teacher at a Washington, D.C. public charter school. She was hired through a contracting company based in Delaware, according to school officials.
Greene has been charged with first-degree sexual assault against a minor in a significant relationship. According to the report, the male student and Greene sent text messages to one another and “flirted” before the assault took place. The boy, who is 17 and a football player at the school, reportedly returned to class as the pep rally was coming to an end and asked her to perform oral sex, which she did according to the warrant.
Court documents indicate that the student recorded the encounter on his phone without Greene’s knowledge. He later showed the recording to a friend and his fellow teammates. At her court appearance last week, Greene pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is due back in court on November 18.
Sexual relationships between a teacher and a student are punished severely in the state of Michigan. In fact, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious charge in the state, involves penetration which may include felatio, anal, or vaginal sex. The penalties if convicted are severe and include a maximum of life in prison.
In Michigan, first-degree CSC occurs when penetration involves an alleged victim between 13 and 16 years of age and a teacher; however, the laws vary from state to state. It is easy to see how a young teacher could get caught up in a flirtation with an athlete who is “coming on” to her, however it is still unlawful for a teacher to engage in sexual acts with a minor or student.
Anyone who has been accused of sexual assault must consult with an aggressive and capable Michigan sex crime attorney. The punishment for a conviction is severe, and the defendant will face many years or even life being labeled as a sex offender. It is vital to protect your legal rights, freedom, and reputation.