A 32-year-old Wisconsin educator who is being prosecuted for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student appears to have agreed to a plea deal.
Courtney Roznowski, an assistant teacher at Green Bay Southwest High School, was placed on unpaid administrative leave after she was arrested in August and charged with three counts of sexual assault of a student and two counts of exposing intimate parts to a child. She was released on $10,000 bond.
Following a status hearing Monday, the Brown County court scheduled a plea and sentencing hearing for March 9, an indication a plea deal has been reached, WBAY reported.
A school employee told police that Roznowski would often escort the boy through the hallways and was “unusually close with him.” Police said rumors spread among staff that there was an “inappropriate relationship” between Roznowski and the students.
What Courtney Roznowski did
The student initially denied the relationship to police. He said he was aware of the rumors, adding: “Well, it is every kid’s dream to do a teacher.”
When detectives approached Roznowski and asked to see her phone, she cried, they said.
“We chatted a couple of times so I could make sure he was OK,” the detectives wrote in the criminal complaint.
Eventually, Roznowski admitted to police that she started a sexual relationship with the boy in mid-July of last year and recounted having intercourse at the teen’s house on Aug. 5.
Roznowski said she started out as a mentor to the student and began meeting him near his home. She told detectives she loved him “in the way I didn’t want to see anything happen to him.”
WBAY reported that Roznowski told investigators she was having “extensive personal issues” and drinking a lot at the time.
The boy confirmed the two sexual encounters. He said Roznowski told him he was “special and deserved special things.”
- Courtney Roznowski.: Screen grab