Alexis Mashak, a 27-year-old Wisconsin middle school teacher, has been arrested and charged after she allegedly had sex with a high school student. Mashak and the victim reportedly worked together as employees of the Boys and Girls Club of Sparta.
Mashak, a married Meadowview Middle School physical education teacher, admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old Sparta High School student between November 2017 and March of 2018. Mashak, who is currently free on $1,000 bond, is facing four felony charges.
She is being charged with felony counts of child enticement, sexual assault of a child by a person who works with children, and two counts of exposing intimate parts to a child.
According to the complaint, police began investigating on Monday after surveillance footage from the Sparta Barney Family Community Center caught Mashak kissing the student a day earlier.
The student said he met Mashak through his girlfriend and that they both worked at the Sparta Boys & Girls Club. The pair told police they had sexual contact in his vehicle, his house and the community center, and that they shared nude photographs, according to the complaint.
The Sparta School District in a press release sent at 3:03 p.m. Thursday stated that school officials were made aware of the “possible inappropriate relationship” on Tuesday and that Mashak was on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a district investigation. The district did not release that prosecutors already had charged Mashak with four crimes.
Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
42-year-old Heather Butts of California was arrested on a second-degree felony charge, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges.