12-7-17 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 Fond du Lac Court appearance Wednesday 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 sending sexually explicit text messages and a  photo of herself to  the 17 year old  victim and having sex with the student on multiple occasions.   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.