L.A. Unified Says Girl, 14, Could Consent to Sex With Teacher

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Update: The Los Angeles Unified School District has fired one of the attorneys who argued a 14-year-old student could consent to sex with her teacher.

Original post: L.A. Unified officials are coming under fire for allowing their attorneys to argue that a 14-year-old student was mature enough to consent to sex with her middle school math teacher.

Thomas A. Edison Middle School is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Google Maps)

Thomas A. Edison Middle School is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Google Maps)

The arguments were made in a civil case that was filed last year by the student, who was seeking financial compensation from the district. She said she suffered emotional trauma from a five-month sexual relationship nearly four years ago with her teacher at Edison Middle School in Los Angeles.

District officials, defending their legal strategy Thursday, said they needed to rebut the student’s claim with evidence that she was a willing participant who had a prior history of sexual activity.

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)

“While we are sympathetic of the pain that this type of inappropriate relationship could cause this young woman and her family, the case focused on whether the school district could have done anything to prevent it,” L.A. Unified’s attorney, W. Keith Wyatt, said in a statement. “Trying this case in a respectful manner, but one that allowed the jury to consider the full weight of the facts and evidence, was critical.”

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