A former New Berlin, Wisconsin, high school English teacher admitted to having sex with a male student while her then-fiancé attended his bachelor party. She pleaded guilty on Thursday to sexual assault.
KTLA 5 reports Sara Domres, 28, a former teacher at the New Berlin West High School in New Berlin, Wisconsin, had sex with a 16-year-old male student while she was employed as an English teacher at the school. The victim was in one of Domres’ classes, and according to court records, they “became friends and began to text each other a lot.”
The texting eventually led to calling each other pet names usually reserved for people who are dating or in a relationship. Detectives uncovered several instances in which they referred to each other as “my boo” or “baby boo.” Shortly after, Domres started professing her love to the victim, also via text messages.
In July 2015, Domres and the student met at the Park & Ride on Moorland Road, where they had sex for the first time. Sometime during the 2015-2016 school year, they met up again and had sex at a Motel 6, “on the same day (her husband) had his bachelor party.” The former English teacher paid $56.54 cash for the room. Detectives determined that the victim used his smartphone via the hotel’s free Internet service, placing him directly in the room with Domres.
During her honeymoon, the ex-teacher sent “selfies” to the student, and upon her return, Domres’ husband caught her hanging out with the victim at an area restaurant in New Berlin. Detectives also determined that the student and teacher sent over 500 texts to each other. The complaint documents the amount of texting between the pair.
“[It was] determined that between May 14, 2015 and January 6, 2016, the victim sent the defendant approximately 619 text messages. Between March 29, 2015 and January 15, 2016, the defendant sent the victim approximately 555 text messages.”
Investigators also uncovered Domres’ cellphone searches, which included a query asking how long someone would be sentenced to prison for having sex with a student. As the relationship progressed, text messages showed Domres becoming increasingly worried about getting caught. Shortly before the relationship was reported to authorities, Domres sent the victim another message that seemed to suggest she was anxious that the relationship would end soon.
“I love you, too, baby and will forever. I’m just saying that if you ever don’t, please still love me enough as a person to know how much that’d hurt me. You are amazing and mean the world to me. I want to be yours forever.”
The relationship came to an end when the victim was confronted by friends. Police conducted a series of searches after interviewing the teen, resulting in Domres’ arrest in April.
On Thursday, Domres pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff. Although she’s only been charged for sexual encounters, the student told authorities that they’d had sex anywhere between 10 to 15 times. He indicated that the majority of their hook-ups occurred at the Park ‘n Ride.
The former teacher was placed on administrative leave from her teaching position at New Berlin West High a few months before her arrest in January, after school administrators caught wind of the allegations. The Wisconsin Department of Education website states that she received her teaching license in 2011. New Berlin School District superintendent Joe Garza said the charges were “troubling” and that a safe learning environment was the school’s top priority.
“Ensuring our schools are the safe and secure learning environments our families and communities expect is one of our chief goals and top priorities.”
Sara Domres returns to court for sentencing in September. She faces up to a possible six years in prison, along with a $10,000 fine for each guilty count.
[Image via New Berlin Police Department]