March 15, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

When people hear that a teacher has hired a sex crimes attorney to combat charges of child molestation, they immediately think of a male teacher taking advantage of a young student. But in some instances, the roles are reversed, and it is actually a female teacher seducing a male student.

That is exactly the case as a Hemet, CA English teacher is being investigated for seducing and having sex with a then 16-year-old student.

Janel Ramirez (31) is being investigated on two counts of oral copulation, one count of unlawful sex with a minor, and one count of consensual sex with a minor.

While the investigation is still pending, obtained copies of a search warrant say that Ramirez and the boy were working on an essay together alone in a classroom. That is when Ramirez allegedly began kissing the boy, eventually performing oral copulation on him.

A second incident again occurred in the classroom where Ramirez and the boy allegedly had sex.

A spokesman for the Riverside District Attorneys’ office has said that they have not yet decided to proceed with criminal charges, and at this point Ramirez has not been formally charged with any crime.

If the DA decides to move forward with their investigation, Ramirez faces some serious consequences. The two counts of oral copulation would almost certainly be charged as a felony and could result in Ramirez having to register as a sex offender. The unlawful sex with a minor, also known as statutory rape would also likely be charged as a felony due to the gap in ages between Ramirez and the boy.

It is interesting to see the way that society treats these crimes between a teacher and a student when the gender roles are reversed. While stories of a teacher leaving his wife for an 18-year-old student are making national headlines, this story is barely a blip on the radar.

What are your thoughts? Is it different when a female teacher takes advantage of a male student vs. when a male teacher takes advantage of a female student?

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