Former Ripon Teacher Convicted of Having Sex with Student

A former Ripon
High School
teacher is
being convicted of having sex with a student. 28-year old Samantha Fitzpatrick
struck a plea agreement, pleading guilty to sexual assault of a student by
school staff – while charges of child enticement, exposing a child to harmful
material, and obstructing an officer were dismissed. 

Fitzpatrick sent explicit
text messages and an image of herself to the 17-year old, along with having sex
with the student multiple times. She voluntarily resigned her teaching position
last May after administration voiced concerns about her unreliable attendance. 

A sentencing hearing has not been set yet.