Quimbee logo with url
From our private database of 15,100+ case briefs...

State v. Hirschfelder

Supreme Court of Washington
242 P.3d 876 (2010)


Facts

The State of Washington (plaintiff) charged Matthew Hirschfelder (defendant), a 33-year-old high school teacher, with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor under RCW 9A.44.093(1)(b) (the statute) based on an incident during which Hirschfelder had sexual intercourse with A.N.T., an 18-year-old student of Hirschfelder’s. At the time of the incident, students aged out of Hirschfelder’s school at age 21. The statute provided that a person is guilty of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor if the person was a school employee who had sexual intercourse with a registered student of the school who was at least 16 years old and who was at least 60 months younger than the employee. Hirschfelder moved to dismiss the charge, contending that he did not violate the statute because A.N.T. was 18 years old at the time of the incident and thus was not a minor. The court of appeals granted Hirschfelder’s motion, concluding that the statute was intended only to reach the conduct of school employees who had sexual intercourse with registered students who were under 18 years of age.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stephens, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 287,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 15,100 briefs, keyed to 204 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.