Rhinelander teacher accused of mental harm and sexual assault to a childSubmitted: 05/18/2020
Zack White
Zack White

Rhinelander teacher accused of mental harm and sexual assault to a child
RHINELANDER - A 38-year-old Rhinelander woman was charged Monday with two counts related to a child-sex crime.

Former Rhinelander middle school teacher, Stephanie Pudlowski, 38, was taken into custody May 15.
Pudlowski is accused of causing mental harm to a child, sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care, and sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by Newswatch12: 

The child is one who she met while a teacher at James Williams Middle School several years ago, but no sexual contact occurred on district property.

Pudlowski's husband became suspicious of an inappropriate relationship between her and their 16-year-old foster son, after placing surveillance cameras in the common areas of their home and observing inappropriate behavior.

Later on, the police paperwork said, her husband placed an audio recorder in the basement, where the foster child's bedroom is located.

Per the criminal complaint Pudlowski and the child were often alone in that room, with the door closed -- which Pudlowksi says was due to the child being a loud gamer, and not always due to sexual purposes.

The complaint states that recordings did depict some sort of sexual activity between Pudlowski and her foster son, which the complaint states had been going on for the last three to four months, and as often as a couple times a week over the last month.

In an interview with officers, Pudlowski says the child never asked for the sexual contact, and did not answer when asked if the child ever said no.

Pudlowski, an eighth-grade English language arts teacher resigned effective immediately, according to a school district press release issued just before noon Monday.

Pudlowski appeared in Oneida Co. court on May 18, she was released on a $5,000 signature bond and will appear in Oneida Co. court again on June 15. 

Pudlowski's husband also filed for divorce Monday, according to online court records.

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