Portage High School teacher arrested following allegations of sexual relationship with male student

Abby M Dibbs

PORTAGE, Wis. — Portage police have arrested a high school teacher after district administrators alleged she had a sexual relationship with one of her male students.

Officials with the Portage Police Department arrested 35-year-old Abby M. Dibbs, of Cross Plains, on Thursday after the Portage Community School District reached out to the police department to report their findings.

District officials said in a statement that Dibbs is no longer employed at Portage High School.

“We feel confident that the high school and all district buildings are safe and secure for all students and staff,” the statement reads. “We appreciate the efforts of our law enforcement in addressing this matter.”

Capt. Dan Garrigan of the Portage police department said the district did “an outstanding job” with how they handled the situation.

“It is obviously sensitive because a juvenile is involved,” Garrigan said. “There’s also a trust relationship between teachers and students… it’s a rather large betrayal of trust.”

Authorities arrested Dibbs on charges of sexual assault of a child by a school staff person. She was taken to the Columbia County Jail and is expected to appear in court as early as Friday.