School employee sentenced to 6 months for sexual encounter with 16-year-old student

Courtney Roznowski, 32, of Green Bay, Wisconsin. [Image credit: Brown County Jail]

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“You are, frankly, the nightmare of every parent. Because what a parent assumes is that their child is in safe environment with trusting people,” Judge Donald Zuidmulder was quoted by KNEWZ as saying during sentencing.

 

During the course of the case, the accused, 32-year-old Courtney Roznowski revealed that she had been having a tumultuous time in her life at the time of the encounter, and that she had been drinking heavily.  

 

“While I did not initiate the relationship, I should have put an end to it once I realized that the messages being sent to me were from a student at the school,” she said, stating that she had stopped drinking and had been speaking with a counselor.

 

She had initially been charged with three counts of Sex Assault of Student by School Staff and two counts of Exposing Genitals/Pubic Area/Intimate Parts to a Child.  After it was revealed that she was not an employee of the Green Bay School District when the assault took place, the more serious charges - the three counts of Sex Assault - were dropped

 

The student, who was 16-years-old at the time of the assault, initially denied any sexual contact between himself and Roznowski, but eventually told investigators, "Well, it is every kid's dream to do a teacher.”  The Green Bay Press Gazette though, also indicates that the student said that she "pushed the limit" throughout the relationship and when their relationship turned physical.

 

In addition to the six months in jail, Roznowski has been sentenced to 3 years of probation.  During that probation, she must maintain her sobriety, cannot be around anyone under the age of 18, and must also "to the staff at Southwest High School, and one to every superintendent in the county because of the damage she caused to the profession."

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