L.A. Unified Fires Attorney Who Argued Student Could Consent to Sex

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The L.A. Unified School District has severed ties with an outside attorney for his comments on a radio station broadcast that it was a more dangerous decision for a 14-year-old to cross a street in traffic than to have sex with her middle-school teacher, officials announced Friday.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District logo is seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

General Counsel Dave Holmquist announced that W. Keith Wyatt, who has represented the district for 27 years, would be barred from any further legal work with the district because of his “inappropriate comments.”

Wyatt made the remarks this week to KPCC in defending his legal strategy in a civil lawsuit the student filed filed against the district, claiming that she suffered emotional trauma stemming from a five-month sexual relationship nearly four years ago with her math teacher at Edison Middle School.

Elkis Hermida is seen in a photo posted to the Megan's Law website. (Credit: California Department of Justice)

Elkis Hermida is seen in a photo posted to the Megan’s Law website. (Credit: California Department of Justice)

In that case, Wyatt argued that L.A. Unified should not be liable for damages because the girl was mature enough to consent to sex and had a prior history of sexual activity. Those arguments have sparked outrage and calls to fire Wyatt.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect call letters for the radio station to which Wyatt spoke. The story has been updated.