Former teacher accused of sexual relationship with teen

Samantha Fitzpatrick (Photo courtesy Fond du Lac Co. Jail)

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- A former Ripon High School teacher has been charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her students.

Samantha Fitzpatrick, 28, faces four charges: child enticement, sexual assault by a school staff member, exposing a child to harmful materials, and obstructing an officer.

Fitzpatrick made her initial appearance in Fond du Lac County court Wednesday by video monitor. A $1,000 cash bond was set. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 5.

According to the criminal complaint, the male student was 16 at the time the encounters began. The victim told police he did not have a relationship with Fitzpatrick, though another said he discussed it. Phone records showed sexually explicit messages were sent by the two. Also, a friend of Fitzpatrick’s told police she admitted to the affair, the complaint states.

According to Ripon School Board minutes, her resignation was accepted at its May meeting.

Fitzpatrick is due back in court Jan. 5.

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