Somerset, WI – A Somerset High School health teacher is facing multiple felony charges for having raped a 15-year-old male student.
The victim, a sophomore, told police that he and 23-year-old Talia Jo Warner exchanged sexually-charged messages from October to December of 2018, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.
The complaint filed with the court said that Warner sent the boy about 10 pictures and videos, including a video of the teacher performing a sex act on herself.
The student told police that the teacher picked him up after a sporting event on Dec. 14, 2018 and took him back to her house in White Bear Lake, Minnesota where she sexually assaulted him in her bedroom, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
He said they also had sex in her car down the street from his house on one occasion, according to Rivertowns.net.
Police checked Snapchat records and found messages between Warner and the student that included sexual talk and discussions of sending nude photos.
A police report said that school district officials first learned about the allegations of sexual assault on Jan. 15.
The victim at first lied to the school officials who interviewed him about the allegations and denied the sexual encounters had occurred, but he admitted the details in three subsequent interviews with law enforcement, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.
The health teacher was suspended after school officials were notified.
“When the District first learned of the potential allegations, Ms. Warner was removed from the classroom and the District undertook a full investigation and has cooperated with law enforcement through this process," according to a written statement the Somerset School District.
Warner resigned Feb. 11, Rivertowns.net reported.
She was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, causing a child older than 13 to view sexual activity, two counts of exposing genitals, pubic area or intimate parts to a child, and exposing a child to harmful material.
Warner made her first appearance in the St. Croix County Circuit Court on Sept. 5, according to the New York Post.
If convicted, the former health teacher could be facing decades behind bars and as much as a $100,000 fine.