By LeAnn R. Ralph
CUMBERLAND — A former student teacher and volunteer assistant volleyball, basketball and softball coach in Boyceville has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a student at Cumberland High School.
Courtney A. Jensen, 25, made an initial appearance in Barron County Circuit Court May 6 on one felony count of the sexual assault of a student by school staff and one misdemeanor count of sexual intercourse with a child.
The Honorable James C. Babler set bail with a $5,000 signature bond.
Jensen was a volunteer assistant volleyball, basketball and softball coach in Boyceville during the 2012-2013 school year and also was a student teacher in the district for one semester.
According to the criminal complaint, Detective David Kuffel of the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was called to Cumberland High School May 1 for a report of a female teacher having sexual contact with a female student.
The teacher was identified as Jensen, who teaches fifth grade in the Cumberland school district and also is a softball and volleyball coach.
Detective Kuffel reported that he met with Jensen, who admitted that since September of 2014, she had been in a relationship with a student.
The student was 17 at the time their relationship started but turned 18 on March 14 of this year, according to the criminal complaint.
Jensen told the detective that she and student had started talking last June and discovered they had quite a lot in common.
Jensen said she and the student started having a relationship in August and began hugging, kissing and acting like a couple.
By September, Jensen told the detective, she and the student started having sexual-type contact. The sexual contact continued about once a week at Jensen’s home in Cumberland until January or February of this year. From February until April, Jensen said she and the student became even more intimate and began having oral sex, according to the criminal complaint.
As a condition of bail, Judge Babler ordered Jensen to have no contact with minors unless in the presence of a parent or guardian.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for May 18.
If convicted, Jensen faces a penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 or incarceration for up to six years or both for the charge of sexual assault of a student by school staff.
Also if convicted on the charge of sexual assault of a child Jensen faces up to a $10,000 fine and incarceration for up to nine months.
According to Kevin Sipple, Boyceville school district administrator, there were no complaints or issues concerning Jensen during her time as a volunteer assistant coach and student teacher in Boyceville.