Riana Lane, a Special Needs and English teacher at Benicia High School, was convicted of a felony charge for unlawful sexual intercourse with her 17-year-old special needs student. On April 7th, 2017, school officials noticed the student leaving school, multiple times during the week, heading to Lane’s car. When they contacted the Benicia Police Department, police searched the vehicle and found marijuana edibles and stolen property that was from recent vehicle thefts in March 2017. Lane admitted that the marijuana edibles were hers, while the student admitted to the vehicle thefts. At the time, Lane was arrested and released with a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana on a school campus.
Upon further investigation, police discovered the 23-year-old teacher and the 17-year-old student had also been involved in sexual activities too. The Benicia Unified School District Superintendent, Charles F. Young, said the school would cooperate with the investigation and had placed Lane on administrative leave. Within ten days of the car search, Lane turned herself into police on suspicion of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a minor. She was officially charged with one felony count of oral sex and one felony count of statutory rape. The California Teachers Commission ultimately revoked Lane’s credential in April 2018, following her felony conviction of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
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Minors are usually unaware of knowing the extent of our laws, but as attorneys, it is our job to help those who may have been victims of unwanted sexual activities. The attorneys at Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard have helped numerous sexual assault victims use the court of law to protect them, and if you have been a victim, we can help you too. For a free and confidential consultation, please call us at (408) 289-1417.