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Former NE Minnesota teacher pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

The 29-year-old was charged last week, more than a year after the incident reportedly came to the attention of police.

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DULUTH -- A former Hermantown Middle School teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 8, to a felony charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, just six days after she was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student .

Madeleine Ruth Schmaltz, 29, entered the plea at a virtual hearing of State District Court in Duluth. Judge David Johnson scheduled sentencing for Nov. 6, allowing Schmaltz to remain free on the condition that she have no contact with the victim.

Schmaltz had taught the victim a few years prior, according to a criminal complaint. The relationship came to the attention of law enforcement in June 2019.

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Madeline Schmaltz. (2019 file / News Tribune)

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Schmaltz resigned from her teaching position at the school that same month, according to the June 10 meeting minutes from the Hermantown School Board.

Earlier that month, the mother of the teenager overheard her child in a phone conversation with an older female that sounded "sexual in nature," the complaint stated. After checking the call log, the mother learned the teenager was talking to Schmaltz. The student's parents told law enforcement that the former teacher had given the teenager several gifts.

A couple days later in an interview with officers, the teenager confirmed the situation with Schmaltz, the complaint said. The victim had been going to Schmaltz's house for homework and mentoring.

The complaint states 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."

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