A year and a half after resigning from her position at Ripon High School, a teacher has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a student.

   Samantha Fitzpatrick, 29, currently living in Belington, W.V., pleaded guilty to sexual assault of student by school staff Tuesday morning in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.

   This is a Class H felony.

   As part of a plea agreement, three other counts were dismissed but read in to the record for sentencing purposes.

   Sentencing is expected to occur at a later date.

   For additional details of what occurred at today’s plea hearing, see the story in the Nov. 8, 2018 Commonwealth.

   This case was based on allegations that, while teaching English at Ripon High School during the 2016-17 school year, Fitzpatrick had sex with a 17-year-old student.

   She also allegedly maintained an “inappropriate relationship” with him that included texts, Facebook messages and phone calls.

   Fitzpatrick resigned her teaching position May 3, 2017, five weeks before the end of the school year, with the Ripon Area School District citing her “unreliable attendance” as a factor.

   Then, in December 2017, Fitzpatrick was charged in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with child enticement, sexual assault, exposing a child to harmful materials and obstructing an officer.

   She was released on bond, and has since moved to West Virginia.