Robert Leslie Morrow was convicted in Feb.2014 under a statute that prohibits teachers, principals and administrators from engaging in sexual conduct with students. In its unanimous decision announced Monday, the court found that, because Morrow was a paraprofessional, the statute didn’t apply to him. Morrow was sentenced to 240 days in detention and 10 years probation.
“Despite the plain language of the statute, the State fought diligently to extend its boundaries,” Morrow’s attorney, Bryan Lumpkin, said Monday. “I always believed that opinion was incorrectly decided, the Court of Appeals indicated its agreement with our position, and the Supreme Court today made very clear that (Morrow) was never in violation of this statute.”