A science teacher has been charged after allegedly “sexually touching” a teenage schoolboy in her own home.
Former school teacher and a sports coach, Madeleine Schmaltz, has been accused of groping a 16-year-old schoolboy while she was tutoring him.
Police were called to claims the two were engaging in an illicit affair.
Detectives quizzed the teenager and claim he confirmed they had engaged in sexual acts at least twice within weeks of the allegations being made.
The schoolboy was reportedly a pupil of Ms Schmaltz two years before the relationship began.
Ms Schmaltz, 29, has been charged with a fourth degree criminal sexual conduct as a “current or recent position of authority over the victim”.
Fox 21 reports how the former Herman Town Middle School science teacher, and junior volleyball coach, is accused of fondling with the boy at her home in Saginaw, Minnesota.
The news channel said Ms Schmaltz “admitted to sexual touching of the victim, and the victim’s intimate parts and to having the victim touch her on her intimate parts”.
Court records say the boy’s mum told police she recently overheard a phone conversation between her teenager and Ms Schmaltz that was “sexual in nature.”
The victim’s parents also told police Ms Schmaltz gave their child several gifts.
Ms Schmaltz resigned from the Hermantown School District shortly after the allegations came to light, as noted in school board minutes from June 10.
She was featured in a Duluth News Tribune article just months earlier about female teachers helping to bridge the gender gap in the STEM field.
She will next be in court on September 8.