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Teacher fired, arrested for sleeping with her 17-year-old student

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  • Abby Dibbs, 35, was charged with sexual assault after confessing to having sex with her student on two occasions at her home last weekend.

An English teacher who was charged to court has expressed and anger towards the person who ‘snitched’ on them.

The 35-year-old teacher who also admitted to having sex with her 17-year-old student claimed the student was ‘in love’ with her.

She is likely to face up to 12 years in prison

Abby Dibbs, 35, was charged with sexual assault after confessing to having sex with her student on two occasions at her home last weekend.

According to the criminal complaint, the 17-year confirmed the relationship to detectives, stating he was ‘in love’ with Dibbs and was upset with the person who ‘snitched’ on their involvement.

Authorities filed a criminal complaint Friday against former Portage High School English teacher Abby Dibbs, charging her with two counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

Dibbs appeared for a court hearing Friday from the Columbia County Jail. The judge’s bail conditions for Dibbs included barring her from contact with a 17-year old boy, no unsupervised contact with other children other than her own child, and a prohibition against being at Portage High School.

After the hearing, $3,500 bail was posted and Dibbs was released from jail.

Abby Dibbs

Although Dibbs was still listed online as a Portage teacher Friday, school district officials say she is longer a teacher at the high school. Officials decline to specify how she separated from her teaching job.

According to the complaint, the student, whose name has been withheld to protect his privacy, said he was in love with Dibbs and another student reported the assaults.

“Dibbs admitted that this past weekend, she and VICTIM1 had discussed how they felt about each other and how there were lines that they could not cross. Dibbs admitted that these lines were then crossed,” Portage PD Sgt. Max Jenatscheck said in the complaint.

Dibbs admitted that she and the student had sex multiple times that weekend.

Police Sgt. Dan Garrigan says Dibbs and the teenager initially engaged in an appropriate teacher-student relationship. “But I think it appears as if this relationship maybe changed its course maybe earlier this spring,” Garrigan says.

The criminal complaint says the teen was upset someone “snitched” on his involvement with Dibbs. Garrigan says the boy is cooperating with the investigation.

Records with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show Dibbs with a lifetime teaching license under the name Abby Riese. Riese was first licensed as a substitute teacher in 2010. Records show Riese’s license is currently under investigation.

Garrigan says an investigation continues to try to ensure there were no victims other than the seventeen year old boy.

“At this point, we’re aware of the one incident, the one victim,” Garrigan says. – via News Agencies ■

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