By Julia Maldonado, Capital News Service
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, January 23
ANNAPOLIS—Part-time school employees in Maryland have been able to engage in sexual relationships with students as young as 16 and avoid prosecution due to a loophole in state law. Delegates from Montgomery and Allegany counties proposed two bills Tuesday that would prohibit school employees 21 and over—including full-time, part-time, contractors and coaches—from having sexual contact with minor students. The current law was passed in 2006 and only prohibits full-time employees from sexual contact with students who are of legal age to consent, which is 16 in Maryland. During their testimonies, delegates Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring and Luiz R. S. Simmons (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, cited the recent case involving Scott Spear, a…
Sam Arora was the county's lone delegate to vote against the bill.
A state delegate whose district includes Derwood and parts of unincorporated Rockville is drawing heavy criticism for voting against the same-sex marriage bill. Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring was the lone member of the Montgomery County delegation to vote against the bill, which passed the House of Delegates on Friday and is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate this week. Joshua Lapidus, Arora’s legislative aide, resigned in protest following the vote, the Washington Blade reported. Arora has been largely silent on his vote, reportedly declining an on-camera interview with WJLA/ABC7 but issuing a statement via email that said: "This has been an emotional debate and I understand that there re those who disagree with my…