An ex-high school teacher was charged with sexual assault after police received a tip telling of her ‘inappropriate relationship’ with an underage student.
Samantha Fitzpatrick, 28, had allegedly ‘done stuff’ with a 17-year-old boy during her time employed at Ripon High School in Wisconsin between 2016-17, before she abruptly resigned before summer break in May, a student said in the tip.
After receiving the tip, police sought further information which led to another teacher revealing she heard about a romp session between Fitzpatrick and the boy – when the teacher confronted Fitzpatrick and she denied the story.
The criminal complaint filed Tuesday read: ‘In October, a student came to (the teacher) and reported that someone told her that Victim A had gone to a party at a hotel in Oshkosh and he had arrived at the party late.
‘Victim A told a student that the reason he arrived to the party late was because he was at Fitzpatrick’s and he just had sex with her,’ the Ripon Press reported.
The teacher said she noticed flirtatious behavior between Fitzpatrick and the teen, who was 16 at some point during the alleged sexual relationship.
A scantily-clad Fitzpatrick is pictured partying it up and smiling for cameras in a variety of Facebook pictures from the past decade
She said she saw the victim on different occasions alone at her desk with Fitzpatrick, who would pay close attention to him and tune out the remaining students in the class.
While speaking with the concerned teacher, Fitzpatrick chuckled about the rumors at the time, and said: ‘I could see how they would say this.’
The victim told police Fitzpatrick often gave him car rides, but denied the two had a sexual relationship. He claimed he ‘joked’ about the romp sessions to his friends.
But police discovered a slew of racy Facebook messages and texts between the two – which detailed ideas of ‘role playing, sex acts and more.’
Conversations between November 2016 to May 2017 revealed the relationship had positively turned ‘sexual’ at some point, the complaint said.
It seems Fitzpatrick deleted the student’s contact information from her phone, but police were able to retrieve.
After reviewing phone records, authorities found ’67 phone calls from the victim’s phone to Fitzpatrick’s phone,’ according to WBAY.
Messages further included Fitzpatrick professing her ‘love for the victim’ and asking the student to send revealing photos.
Fitzpatrick willingly resigned after the scandal went public, it had been revealed.
Officials at the Ripon High sent out a letter alerting of matter to parents.
‘In May of 2017, the district shared the attached information with high school parents about an investigation regarding allegations of improper conduct by former employee Samantha Fitzpatrick.
‘We are sharing this information with all district parents today as we are aware the investigation involving former employee Samantha Fitzpatrick is complete and a criminal complaint with charges has been issued,’ the letter read.
‘We have just received this information and will respond once we have an opportunity to review and understand the criminal complaint.’
Aside from sexual assault charges, Fitzpatrick was charged with child enticement, exposing a child to harmful materials and obstructing a police officer.
She faces 35 years behind bars and $130,000 in fines if convicted on all four charges.