JANESVILLE, Wis. - Police said a Janesville middle school teacher had been assaulting a student for more than a year and was arrested Friday.
Janesville police and the School District of Janesville held a news conference at the police department on Jackson Street Friday afternoon to announce the arrest.
Aaron O'Reilly, 44, of Edgerton, was taken into custody on suspicion of repeated sexual assault of a child and was at Rock County Jail Friday, police said.
O'Reilly was a special education teacher at Edison Middle School for 16 years, the district said.
"As you can imagine, I have a lot of questions myself, and we will be reviewing all of our policies and procedures with teacher-student contact, and also doing staff development regarding appropriate and inappropriate behaviors," Janesville Superintendent, Karen Schulte said.
Police said O'Reilly told an Edgerton police officer that he had, had a "sexual relationship" with a student that began about two years ago and lasted a year and a half. The assault took place at Edison Middle School, at O'Reilly's home in Edgerton and at the student's home.
The school district said O'Reilly was put on paid administrative leave after police notified the district of the investigation. The district said it also locked O'Reilly's access to district buildings, computer networks, files and email immediately upon learning of the investigation. The district is seeking to terminate O'Reilly and said it was "deeply disheartened" over the charges.
It was an arrest that also triggered some discomfort for one former student.
"I heard many people say that when I was in school. I just shrugged it off because I didn't expect him to be like that," former student Maleah Carlucci said. "I trusted him a very large amount to help me with my schooling and I usually would talk to him about bullies and stuff, so I'm not sure if I should talk to other teachers unless I can absolutely know for sure that they're the ones I can talk to."
At the news conference, officials said they were withholding the age of the student to protect her identity.
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