The Dennis Police Department and Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office had investigated allegations against Tierney in the fall of 2014, but concluded “the alleged conduct failed to meet the requirements of a prosecutable offense,” according to a public statement issued by Dennis Police Chief Peter Di Matteo several months after the investigation.
Court charges could not be filed against Tierney because the student was 16 years old — the age of consent in Massachusetts.
Under the proposed bills, now in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, criminal and civil action could be taken against an adult employee of a school or other organization who works with children if the employee has a sexual relationship with someone under 19 years old who is served by the school or organization.
The employee could no longer claim the relationship was consensual because the child was 16.
If you are a city dweller, and you live and work among fairly affluent, well-educated people, you will rarely encounter smokers any more. The Washington Post published an astonishing article last week. While 15 percent of all American adults still smoke, that population is heavily slanted to the poor, the less-educated and to rural residents.
“Cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor,” The Post said.
“It’s unfortunate we have to legislate common sense.”An advocacy group called Mass Kids has been promoting passage of the bills.“This loophole in the law has allowed teachers in some Massachusetts communities in the past to simply resign without facing any criminal or civil action,” said Mass Kids President Jetta Bernier.
My mother and her best friend smoked cigarettes at the kitchen table every afternoon. After he died of lung cancer at age 50, Army pathologists said his lungs looked as if he had.
My uncles all smoked manly cigarettes, and an aunt smoked menthols.
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