How a married teacher from Queensland can get away with sex with her 16-year-old student

Sarah Guazzo (in blue), 29, was acquitted of three charges for acquiring a child for carnal knowledge

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Sarah Guazzo (in blue), 29, was acquitted of three charges for acquiring a child for carnal knowledge

A married female teacher could get away with sex with a 16-year-old student because of the & # 39; archaic & # 39; carnal knowledge laws of Queensland, a leading claim from a legal expert.

Sarah Joy Guazzo, 29, was found not guilty of three charges of buying & # 39; of a child for sex at a high school in Townsville, northern Queensland.

The jury only took 15 minutes to free Ms. Guazzo from three indictments to redeem a young person for carnal knowledge after the defense claimed the boy was a & # 39; willing & # 39; participant.

National Child Sexual Assault Reform Committee Professor Anne Cossins said the case showed that the law was flawed because power imbalances were not addressed.

She said that under New South Wales reforms, a teacher involved in the same incident would be charged with a law that it would be illegal to have sex with a person aged 16 to 18 under special care & # 39; .

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& # 39; If it is a relationship of authority and if you have someone under your care in that regard, you should not have sex with them. It's really as simple as that, & she said ABC.

Guazzo sent a text message that the court heard to the 16-year-old student

Guazzo sent a text message that the court heard to the 16-year-old student

Guazzo sent a text message that the court heard to the 16-year-old student

Guazzo's employer declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said she was taking leave this week

Guazzo's employer declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said she was taking leave this week

Guazzo's employer declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said she was taking leave this week

Because Guazzo was a member of the teaching staff, the prosecutor had to prove that sexual intercourse took place, said Professor Cossins.

& # 39; Under New South Wales law, willingness is not part of this specific offense. & # 39;

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The Queensland Criminal Code defines as carnal knowledge: & A person who buys a person who is not an adult or a person with a mental limitation to engage in carnal knowledge (in Queensland or elsewhere) commits a crime & # 39;

Professor Cossins said the laws were outdated when they were introduced in the 1800s.

A Royal Commission on Institution's Replies to Children's Sexual Abuse from 2017 Review State Governments & # 39; Any Position of Authority Crimes Applicable in Circumstances in which the Victim is 16 or 17 Years Old and the Offender is in a Position of Authority with regard to the victim & # 39; .

However, Queensland did not act at the start of an assessment.

Professor Cossins said she hoped the Attorney General would adopt the recommendations and draft a provision that would cover this kind of abuse of authority.

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A Queensland District Court jury was told how Mrs. Guazzo had met the boy during a bomb hoax in March 2016 and the couple started a flirtatious relationship, a Queensland District Court jury said.

The jury was told that she gave the boy alcohol and had sex with him at remote locations in Townsville – after claiming she had marital problems at home.

According to a ABC In connection with the proceedings, the court heard that when Guazzo first met the boy, she asked her: & have you ever thought about having sex with a teacher? & # 39; The couple then started texting & # 39; and, the jury was told.

The teacher and student had their first sexual encounter in Crystal Creek (photo), the court heard

The teacher and student had their first sexual encounter in Crystal Creek (photo), the court heard

The teacher and student had their first sexual encounter in Crystal Creek (photo), the court heard

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Prosecutors argued to the jury that Mrs. Guazzo had the schoolboy & # 39; seduced & # 39; in the relationship, according to the ABC.

Dominique Orr van de Kroon told the court that the boy had an & # 39; easy catch & # 39; was for Guazzo in her search for sexual satisfaction.

& # 39; She told (the student) how she and her husband hadn't slept together for a while – she said he didn't give it to her, & # 39; said Mrs. Orr.

WHICH LEVY WAS SARAH GUAZZO ATTRACTED?

Mrs. Guazzo was acquitted of three things to buy a child for carnal knowledge.

The Queensland Criminal Code states that the charge is defined as: & # 39; A person who buys a person who is not an adult or commits a person with a mental disability to engage in carnal knowledge (in Queensland or elsewhere) a crime. & # 39;

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But lawyer-journalist Stephen Zillman allegedly told the jury that she considered the boy & # 39; like a piece of meat & # 39; was treated that he claimed had not used.

& # 39; You may have the impression that he was not a virgin – a fairly experienced practitioner in the art of making love, & # 39; said Mr. Zillman.

The boy was in agreement at the time and it was not a problem during the trial, with the court's argument that the student had a & # 39; willing & # 39; participant.

The jury reportedly only took 15 minutes to clear Mrs. Guazzo from three charges of buying a young person for carnal knowledge.

Nevertheless, the charges have affected Mrs. Guazzo's professional life.

Deanne Fishburn, director of the Queensland College of Teachers, said that Mrs. Guazzo's education registration was suspended on October 12, 2016.

& # 39; A teacher may not teach at a school in Queensland if his registration is suspended & # 39 ;, Fishburn said on Thursday.

& # 39; Her registration remained suspended until she was removed from the register. & # 39;

The State Education Department has confirmed that Mrs. Guazzo is no longer an employee, with a spokesperson claiming that the department applies high ethical standards and acts on breaches if the standards are not met.

Mrs. Guazzo broke her social media accounts in the aftermath of the lawsuit.

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Meanwhile, an employee at Ms. Guazzo's current workplace said she was taking & # 39; off this week & # 39; and declined to comment further.

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