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MENOMONEE FALLS - The case against April Novak, a former reading specialist for the Menomonee Falls School District, who is facing 12 counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff, is drawing to a close.

In a court hearing on Monday, Feb. 27, Judge Ralph Ramirez set a plea and sentencing date for April 24.

If Novak is convicted of all counts, she could be sentenced to a maximum of 72 years in prison.

Novak is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student from October through December 2015 on a classroom couch at Menomonee Falls High School, where the two allegedly had sex a dozen times.

A teacher at the high school saw Novak and the student embracing, which possibly included a kiss on Dec. 11, 2015.  According to the criminal complaint, Novak said that she and the student "have very strong feelings for each other."

Novak had been a reading specialist for the district since August 2013.

On Dec. 21, 2015, Novak's husband Christopher filed for divorce; it was finalized in August.

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