Student teacher accused of having sex with teenage aide

Town of Fredonia man faces felony after Homestead student says they had a relationship
Ozaukee Press staff

A 21-year-old student teacher from the Town of Fredonia is charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with having sex with a 17-year-old Homestead High School student who was an aide in a class the man helped teach at the Mequon school.

Lucas T. Regnier-Jamnik faces one felony count of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

According to the criminal complaint filed last week, a student at the school recorded a Snapchat message from Regnier-Jamnik to the 17-year-old girl and turned it over to the school resource officer. The Snapchat included a photo of Regnier-Jamnik with a lewd message written under it.

When interviewed by police, the 17-year-old girl said she was a student aide in an adaptive physical education class at Homestead that Regnier-Jamnik helps teach on Thursdays and Fridays.

The girl said the class is for students with special needs and that she helps them walk on the track, play soccer and swim. One day, she said, she was in the pool with the students and aides when Regnier-Jamnik told the other aides to swim away so he could talk with the girl, the complaint states.

The girl said Regnier-Jamnik asked for her Snapchat information and she gave it to him. They then began messaging each other and hanging out. They also exchanged photos of themselves naked, according to the complaint.

The girl said she felt like she could not say no to Regnier-Jamnik because she looked up to him as a teacher, the complaint states.

On Oct. 21, the girl said, Regnier-Jamnik picked her up at her father’s house, drove her to a shopping center in Thiensville and suggested they get in the back seat. There they started kissing and had sexual contact, according to the complaint.

The girl told police she didn’t say no to Regnier-Jamnik but said she didn’t know how to get herself out of the situation, the complaint states.

Police confronted Regnier-Jamnik at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, where he is a student, and when officers asked him if he knew why they wanted to talk with him, he said he knew it involved his student teaching position at Homestead High School and may also have something to do with a “female” at the school, according to the complaint.

Regnier-Jamnik said he had completed the clinical part of his teaching program at Concordia and was now in “practicums,” which involve more teaching responsibility. He said he taught the physical education class at Homestead, which was a class of five students and five or six student aides, alone on several occasions when the teacher in charge of the class was absent.

Regnier-Jamnik said his relationship with the girl began when she asked his advice regarding college. They exchanged Snapchat information, then began flirting, the complaint states.

At this time, Regnier-Jamnik said, he and his fiancee were arguing and he said “it felt nice to have someone to give me attention,” according to the complaint.

Regnier-Jamnik eventually admitted that he and the girl had sexual contact, the complaint states.

Regnier-Jamnik is free in lieu of $5,000 bail. Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams ordered him not to have contact with the alleged victim, anyone younger than 18 or Homestead High School while he is awaiting trial.

Sexual assault of a student by school staff is punishable by a maximum three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.



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