Former Ripon High School Teacher Charged with Sex Assault of Student

A former Ripon High School teacher accused of having sex with a student has been charged.

Samantha Fitzpatrick made her initial appearance in Fond du Lac County Court yesterday on charges of child enticement, sexual assault of a student by school staff, exposing a child to harmful material and obstructing an officer.

Bail was set at $1000 cash.

Fitzpatrick is accused of having sex with the 17-year-old student on multiple occasions, as well as sending sexually explicit text messages and a photo of herself to the victim.

Fitzpatrick was a teacher at Ripon High School last school year until she voluntarily resigned in May after the administration addressed concerns about her unreliable attendance.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of more than 30 years in prison and $130,000 in fines.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 5.