Teacher accused of sex with student contemplated suicide, complaint says

 

JANESVILLE—The allegation that a Janesville teacher had sex with a middle school student came to light when the teacher told his therapist he was thinking about suicide, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.

Aaron M. O'Reilly, 44, of 122 Dakota St., Edgerton, made his initial appearance in court Monday on charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and child enticement.

O'Reilly had been undergoing mental health treatment for the past two weeks and will resume it once he gets out of jail, said his attorney, Nicholas Gansner of Madison.

The therapist contacted Edgerton police the night of April 25, after O'Reilly sent a text message to the therapist, saying he “was feeling suicidal because he had a relationship with a minor female,” according to the complaint.

Janesville police and school officials announced O'Reilly's arrest Friday.

The girl told police the relationship started when O'Reilly was tutoring her after school at Edison Middle School, according to the complaint.

The complaint says the assaults occurred between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 3, 2015.

The girl's age was not given, but it was under 16, the complaint states. Middle school students usually are age 11 to 14.

The girl said O'Reilly asked her if she was sexually active. She said she was not, and the two then went to a supply closet, where they had sex, according to the complaint.

She had sex with O'Reilly about five times over the next year and a half, ending in summer 2015, she told police.

Three of those times were at O'Reilly's home in Edgerton, the complaint states.

The girl told police O'Reilly would pick her up in the summer of 2014, take her out to eat, and they would return to his home and have sex.

Once, O'Reilly came to her house early to take her to school, and they had sex there, according to the complaint.

O'Reilly bought her gifts, including a Pandora bracelet, T-shirts and a backpack, and he sent her cards, she said, according to the complaint.

He told her she could never tell anyone about the sexual nature of their relationship, according to the complaint.

She tried for several months to get O'Reilly to stop speaking with her, and he repeatedly said he would kill himself over the end of their relationship, according to the complaint.

Some of those threats to kill himself came in the form of text messages, Assistant District Attorney Rich Sullivan said in court Monday.

The therapist told police O'Reilly said he wanted to buy a gun, and if anyone found out about the relationship, he would be suicidal, according to the complaint.

He also told the therapist he had put a gun in his mouth last October, according to the complaint.

Edgerton police went to O'Reilly's house immediately, spoke with him outside, and he immediately went to the ground, crying, according to the complaint.

O'Reilly admitted the relationship to police, said his life was no longer worth living and that he would lose his wife, job and house because of what he did, according to the complaint.

O'Reilly said he wanted to be “6 feet underground” and did not want to hurt the girl because of their relationship, according to the complaint.

As police escorted him from his front lawn, he called to his wife, saying, “I'm sorry I have been sleeping with (the girl),” according to the complaint.

Sullivan argued for a $20,000 cash bond, noting that the maximum penalty includes 65 years in prison and that suicide would keep O'Reilly from appearing in court.

Sullivan said the state's case is strong, given the girl's and O'Reilly's statements.

Gansner argued that O'Reilly had spent nearly all his life in Wisconsin, held a job here, had been married for 14 years and lived in the same house for 13 years, with no criminal history, all pointing to a person who would appear in court.

Gansner said he researched Rock County cases of the same felony level and found that bonds ranged from $100 to $5,000 this year.

As for the suicide concern, O'Reilly is being treated and appeared stable when talking to Gansner, Gansner said.

Family and friends were in the courtroom and would support him when he got out of jail. Gansner said.

Court Commissioner Larry Barton set bond at $2,000 cash and forbade O'Reilly from contacting the girl.

Barton set a preliminary hearing for May 23.

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