DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state lawmaker is calling for bipartisan effort to address the problem of school teachers being charged with sex crimes.
Republican House Minority Leader Greg Lavelle's call for a crackdown on teacher sex abuse comes after the arrest this week of a 38-year-old Sussex Tech teacher on charges of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
Lavelle noted Friday that more than a dozen Delaware teachers have been charged with alleged sexual misconduct over the past five years, a number he find disturbing.
Lavelle said he wants to work with fellow lawmakers and Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden to help craft a strategy to reduce teacher sex abuse. He said officials need to consider not just tougher penalties, but strategies to prevent such abuse in the first place.
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