A former Minnesota middle school teacher was reportedly sentenced on Monday for sexually assaulting a one-time student that she mentored at home.
Madeleine Schmaltz, 30, who taught at Hermantown Middle School, was given three years of supervised probation for the sexual relationship with the teen in the spring of 2019, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
At her sentencing, Schmaltz apologized to the victim and his family and blamed the sex acts on her “clouded judgement.”
“During the spring of 2019, I was going through personal traumatic experiences that did cloud my judgment,” Schmaltz said, according to the report.
“Since then, I’ve been working through those experiences, along with just trying to better myself, and I will continue to do so,” the former teacher said.
In September, Schmaltz pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The victim’s mother discovered the relationship in June 2019 after finding messages between Schmaltz and the teen on his phone, according to a criminal complaint