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Teacher avoids prison time for sexually assaulting student

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A former Ripon High School teacher has been sentenced to probation for having a sexual relationship with a student.

Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick earlier pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a student by a school staff member. Three other counts, including child enticement, were dismissed.

WLUK-TV reports Fond du Lac County Judge Gary Sharpe ordered Fitzpatrick to serve three years of probation, but she avoided any time behind bars.

According to the criminal complaint, the male student was 16 at the time the sexual encounters began. Phone records showed sexually explicit messages were sent by the two.

She resigned from her teaching position in May of 2017.

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