In the state of Nevada, there are certain kinds of sexual conduct which have been prohibited in Chapter 201 of Title 15. Chapter 201 of Title 15 is the part of Nevada law that establishes the definition of different kinds of crimes against public decency and morality. There are many different types of sexual behaviors that have been criminalized and that are addressed within this part of Nevada law. Sexual relationships between teachers and students are one of the prohibited types of conduct.
If you are a teacher of volunteer at a school and you are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a pupil at that school, you could face felony charges and harsh criminal penalties that affect the rest of your life. It’s important that you respond assertively to fight the charges that you face so you can protect your reputation, career and future.
LV Criminal Defense will help you to fight charges so you can reduce or avoid penalties and get the best outcome possible under the circumstances. Our Vegas defense attorneys have provided representation to defendants accused of many different kinds of sex crimes and we can put our extensive knowledge of Nevada’s penal code to work to assist you in developing the best response to charges against you. Give us a call to find out more about how we can defend your future after you’ve been accused of wrongdoing with a student.
Within Chapter 201, there is a subsection that establishes the definition of unlawful sexual conduct with students and that establishes penalties associated with such conduct. The subsection includes Nevada Revised Statute section 201.470 through Nevada Revised Statute section 201.550.
Within this subsection, N.R.S. 201.540 is the statute that establishes the elements of the crime of unlawful sexual conduct with students. According to the relevant law, people who are employed by the school in possessions of authority are prohibited from certain kinds of sexual conduct with students, as are volunteers of the school.
Teachers, administrators, coaches, instructors, teacher’s aides, and any nonprofessional employees who provide help with supervision or help with instruction are all prohibited by N.R.S. 201.540 from engaging in sexual contact with students under the relevant law. The statute applies to any employees or volunteers who are at least 21 years of age but does not apply to those who are married to pupils.
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Sexual contact is defined broadly in Nevada Revised Statute section 201.520 to include sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, oral-genital contact, physical contact with the pubic area or unclothed genitals, sadomasochistic abuse, lewd exhibition of the genitals, and any penetration of the body for sexual gratification or arousal, including penetration with objects no matter how slight the penetration.
The penalties for the offense will vary depending upon the age of the pupil who the volunteer or employee engage in sexual conduct with. If the employee or volunteer is 21 or over and the pupil is 16 or 17, the employee or volunteer can be charged with a Category C felony offense. However, if the pupil is either 14 or 15 years old, the offense is a Category B felony offense. According to N.R.S. 201.540, the penalty for the Category B felony offense under this statute is a minimum of one year of imprisonment and a maximum six year prison sentence. If convicted, a defendant could also be fined up to $5,000.
A Vegas defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide representation to any volunteer or employee of a school who has been accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a pupil. To find out more about how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help you, give us a call today.