A Nebraska teacher, Emily Lofing, has resigned after being charged with one misdemeanor count of debauching a 16-year-old boy, without being arrested.
In Nebraska, the age of consent in 16. So despite the 27-year-old teacher’s advanced on a minor student, her actions were not actually illegal. There is a current bill passing through the Nebraska system that would prosecute “people in a position of power over the minor”, such as teachers and coaches, for example. However, since it has not yet passed, Lofing got off with a minor charge.
WOWT 6 News published a copy of an email written at the end of January where the mother alerted the Weeping Water school district about what she feared was a sexual relationship between her minor son and Lofing.
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Otoe County Attorney David Partsch told WOWT 6 News “multiple concerns” were brought to the attention of investigators.
WOWT 6 News obtained an email written at the end of January by the mother of separate Weeping Water teenager. In the email, the mother alerted the Weeping Water school district about what she feared was a sexual relationship between her minor son and Lofing.
The email was sent at roughly the same time the Weeping Water superintendent says the district became aware of “possible criminal conduct by Ms. Lofing” involving “school-aged students.”
State law allows any 16 year-old to consent to sex – even with a teacher. State Senator Sue Crawford told WOWT 6 News: “We have a gap in our law in terms of protecting minors.”
Crawford has introduced a bill in the Nebraska Unicameral to make such relationships illegal. Crawford said: “It criminalizes sexual activity between an adult who is in a special position of trust with 16 or 17 year-olds at the time of the sexual contact.”
Crawford’s bill, LB107, is currently going through the legislative committee process.
Otoe County Attorney David Partsch told WOWT 6 News if LB107 was already passed, it is possible Lofing would have faced more charges.
The Weeping Water superintendent told WOWT 6 News Lofing left the district on her own and on good terms.