WAUKESHA - A former Menomonee Falls School District teacher began crying Monday, April 24, as she pleaded no contest to three charges stemming from an affair she had with a teenage student in 2015.
April Novak, 32, entered her pleas to three counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff during a hearing Monday afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Judge Ralph Ramirez found her guilty and is scheduled to sentence Novak on June 29.
Novak was charged in December 2015 with 12 counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff about a week after parents and teachers at Menomonee Falls High School were informed of the affair. All the charges were related to the romantic and sexual relationship Novak maintained with a then-16-year-old male student from October through early December of that year.
As part of a plea agreement, the nine remaining charges were dismissed but read into the court record, which means at sentencing Ramirez can consider that Novak committed them.
According to a criminal complaint, Novak and the student had sex a dozen times on a classroom couch at the high school, W142 N8101 Merrimac Drive.
As Ramirez asked her a series of questions about details of the affair, Novak's voice cracked and she quietly sobbed before answering some of them.
Another teacher at the school reportedly saw the two embracing and possibly kissing one day and reported the incident on Dec. 11 to school district administrators, triggering an investigation.
As a result, Novak, a reading specialist at the high school, was placed on administrative leave. She later resigned. She had been employed at the district since 2013.
The complaint said both she and the student admitted to the relationship. Novak reportedly told police that it was mutual and "they have very strong feelings for each other."
Court records indicate that Novak's husband filed for divorce one day before Novak was officially charged. The divorce was finalized last August.