A former Alabama teacher who was imprisoned after pleading guilty to having sex with two teens is appealing her conviction because she believes prohibiting sex with minors is “unconstitutional.”
The Daily Mail reported that Charli Jones Parker, 31, is appealing her conviction after a judge sentenced her to 12 years in prison in August for having sex with two of her 16-year-old male students.
As part of her guilty plea, however, the judge agreed that she would only serve three years of her sentence and five years of probation.
Parker, who taught at the private Christian school Pickens Academy in Carrolton, is arguing through her attorneys that a state law establishing criminal penalties for student-teacher sex is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause.
Her lawyers say that the current state law treats teachers differently than other professions and criminalizes “private consensual relationships,” although Alabama’s age of consent is 16, the Tuscaloosa