Madeleine Schmaltz former Hermantown Middle School Missouri school teacher avoids jail time in sentencing after sexually abusing teen student which she blamed on clouded judgement.
A Minnesota middle school teacher who pled guilty to sexually abusing a 16 year old student has avoided serving any jail time following her sentencing earlier this week.
Madeleine Schmaltz, 30, who used to teach science at Hermantown Middle School, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after having a sexual relationship with the teen last year.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Schmaltz was sentenced this week to three years of supervised probation. Her sentence comes just two months after she pleaded guilty to the felony charge.
During a virtual hearing, Schmaltz apologized for her ‘clouded judgement’ that led to the 2019 relationship.
‘During the spring of 2019, I was going through personal traumatic experiences that did cloud my judgment,’ Schmaltz said at the virtual hearing of State District Court, according to the Tribune.
‘Since then, I’ve been working through those experiences, along with just trying to better myself, and I will continue to do so. I know that my clouded judgment has harmed the victim and the victim’s family, and for that I am truly sorry.’
According to the criminal complaint, Schmaltz, who was also a junior high volleyball coach, had taught the victim a few years prior.
The sexual relationship was discovered by a mandated reporter who contacted police in June 2019, according to Fox 21. Schmaltz resigned from her teaching position at the school that same month.
During interviews with police, Schmaltz admitted to having engaged in sexual acts with the boy who affirmed to police he had been ‘involved’ with the teacher.
Schmaltz ‘admitted to sexual touching of the victim on the victim’s intimate parts and to having the victim touch her on her intimate parts,’ the complaint reads.
Authorities determined that the sexual acts had been occurring at Schmaltz’s house in Saginaw under the guise that he was there for help with homework and mentoring.
At one point, the victim’s mother overheard a phone conversation between her teenager and Schmaltz that was ‘sexual in nature’.
The teen’s mother also said that Schmaltz had given him several gifts.
Schmaltz will have to register as a predatory offender. She’s not allowed any contact with the victim or any unapproved contact with anyone under the age of 18.
If she successfully completes her probation, the felony conviction would be deemed a misdemeanor.
According to her defense attorney, Ryan Pacyga, Schmaltz no longer lives in Duluth, is currently working in online clothing sales and is attending therapy.