A guidance counselor was arrested in Jacksonville on charges of sexual battery. Tara Thompson, a Baldwin High School teacher, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17 year-old student. The actual charge she was arrested for is sexual battery on a victim under 18 years-old by someone having familial or custodial authority.
If you are over 18, you can be arrested for sexual battery in Florida for having sex with someone who is 17 years-old, even if the act was consensual. Sexual battery is defined as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object. Sexual battery does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.
If you are being accused of any type of sex crime in Jacksonville, contact a Jacksonville Sex Crime Attorney as soon as possible. No other accusations carry more stigma than sexual accusations, particularly when a child is involved. There is usually no physical evidence in these cases, just someone’s unsworn testimony. A Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer can investigate motivations to lie in a criminal case and many times discredit witnesses/alleged victims.