A former Janesville middle school teacher pleaded no contest Tuesday to repeatedly sexually assaulting a student, and in exchange prosecutors dismissed a charge of child enticement.
Aaron M. O’Reilly, 46, of 122 Dakota St., Edgerton, is accused of having sexual contact with a student at Edison Middle School.
He and the Janesville School District face a federal lawsuit related to the assault.
The parent of the girl O’Reilly is accused of assaulting has filed a lawsuit against O’Reilly, the Janesville School District and Edison Middle School Principal James Lemire.
The lawsuit, filed in May, was moved to federal court in June.
In Rock County Court on Tuesday, O’Reilly told Judge Michael Haakenson he has been in treatment for anxiety, depression and possibly post-traumatic stress disorder. His treatment includes counseling and medication.
The former teacher was receiving treatment in 2016 when he told his counselor he had a relationship with a minor female, according to a previous report from The Gazette.
Court documents state O’Reilly was the minor’s tutor at Edison Middle School. She was not yet 16 years old.
The relationship lasted from Jan. 1, 2014, to Aug. 3, 2015, and the two had sex five times, according to court documents.
Haakenson ordered a presentence investigation before O’Reilly’s sentencing April 4.
The federal lawsuit accuses the school district of failing to comply with federal law and mandatory reporting guidelines.
Federal Title IX rules protect people from discrimination based on sex in federally-funded educational programs or activities, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Lemire was informed O’Reilly was engaged in an “inappropriate relationship constituting sexual harassment” with the girl but did not take action and did not inform the Title IX coordinator of potential discrimination, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states O’Reilly removed the student from other classrooms during school hours to harass or assault her.
The school district failed to ensure its employees were adequately trained in Title IX responsibilities, according to the lawsuit.
The student’s “scholastic achievement” suffered as a result, and she was deprived of her right to an education, according to the lawsuit.
Former Superintendent Karen Schulte said O’Reilly was warned to stop having personal conversations with the student, according to a previous Gazette reports. The district at the time did not know of any improper physical contact.
The lawsuit is scheduled for trial Oct. 15.