Last week a 30-year-old Rice Lake schoolteacher plead not guilty to charges that she sexually assaulted two teenage male students. The middle school teacher is accused of two counts of sexual assault of a student by a school staff member. The two 17-year-old students acknowledged having sex with the teacher on multiple occasions late last year and in January of this year.
According to the criminal complaint it was in February of this year that the two teenage students first told a Barron County sheriff's deputy that they had sex with the teacher. The complaint also stated that she had sent each of them nude photos of herself via cellphone several times, however it is not clear when the photos were actually sent to the students.
If convicted of the charges the teacher could be facing a maximum sentence of six years in prison and may be required to register for the state's sex offender registry. Just the simple allegation of a sex crime involving a minor can destroy a person's reputation, personal relationships and future ability to earn a living.
If convicted, state and federal laws can dictate where a person can live and whether or not he or she can obtain employment involving children. Since so much is at stake if you have been charged with a sexual assault, your choice of a criminal defense attorney can and will make a huge difference in the outcome of your case, as well as your future.
Pending the final outcome of the case the teacher was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the Rice Lake School District. At the teacher's plea hearing last week, the judge agreed to change the conditions of her bond to allow her unsupervised involvement with her nieces and nephews.
Source: Pioneer Press, "Wisconsin teacher pleads not guilty in sex case," Mar. 23, 2012