Former Ripon High School teacher pleads guilty to sex with a student

RIPON, Wis. (WBAY) - A former teacher at Ripon High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a student.

As part of a plea deal, Samantha Fitzpatrick had charges of child enticement, exposing a child to harmful materials, and obstructing an officer dismissed.

A sentencing date wasn't immediately set.

Fitzpatrick was arrested in December last year, and charged with sex assault of a student by school staff. Conviction carries up to 6 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint, police were tipped off about an inappropriate relationship between a high school teacher and a 17-year-old student.

As police investigated, a teacher told them she heard rumors from another student that a boy claimed he had sex with Fitzpatrick at her home. A student told investigators the boy claimed he and Fitzpatrick had "done stuff" at a hotel in Ripon.

Fitzpatrick denied having an inappropriate relationship with the student or contacting him on social media, but investigators found 67 phone calls from the victim's phone to Fitzpatrick and Facebook messages between them over a 7-month period, including what one officer described as "sexually graphic messages."