Sexting between teacher and 13-year-old student deemed ‘free speech,’ case dismissed

Sexting between teacher and 13-year-old student deemed ‘free speech,’ case dismissed

Charges against a teacher accused of sexing a 13-year-old student have been dismissed. In 2013, Sean Arlis Williams, age 31, was arrested for exchanging sexual text messages with one of his students. He was originally charged with online solicitation of a minor. However, the charge was eventually amended to having an improper relationship with a minor student.

Less than two years later, Tarrant County prosecutors have dismissed the case. Their decision was based on a similar case, which was heard by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In 2005, the state of Texas approved a statute, which prohibits “sexually explicit online communication” between and adult and a minor.

Houston attorney Mark Bennett challenged the statute, as he believes sexting “is constitutionally protected speech.” Bennett’s client, John Christopher Lo, was arrested and convicted of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with one of his students.

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