A former Hermantown Middle School teacher has been charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct following reports of a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Madeleine R. Schmaltz, 29, of Saginaw, had taught the student a few years prior, according to the criminal complaint. In June 2019, law enforcement was informed of a potential sexual relationship between the two.

Madeline Schmaltz. (2019 file / News Tribune)
Madeline Schmaltz. (2019 file / News Tribune)

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." After checking the call log, the mother learned the teenager was talking to the former teacher, the complaint stated. The student's parents told law enforcement Schmaltz had given the teenager several gifts.

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A couple days later in an interview with officers, the teenager confirmed the sexual relationship with Schmaltz, the complaint said. The teenager had been going to Schmaltz's house in Saginaw 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."

The criminal complaint was filed in State District Court in Duluth. Schmaltz is scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing Tuesday.