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Hawley woman pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting boys

A woman from Hawley, Minn., pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two boys and providing alcohol to them and two others.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Jennifer Katherine Schultz, 25, pleaded not guilty to two charges of Class C felony sexual assault at an arraignment in Morton County.

Schultz, a teacher at Hebron High School, had already entered not guilty pleas to Class A misdemeanor corruption or solicitation of minors and Class A misdemeanor delivery of alcohol to minors at her first court appearance on Jan. 27, the Bismarck newspaper reported.

If convicted of the sexual assault charges, Schultz will be required to register as a sex offender.

Schultz is accused of providing alcohol to a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old and having sex with one of the 17-year-olds. She asked the other 17-year-old if he wanted to have sex, and when he said no, fondled him until he told her to stop, according to an affidavit from a Morton County Sheriff's Deputy.

Kevin Nelson, superintendent of Hebron Public Schools, told the Tribune that the school received a complaint about the incident in November, and Schultz was placed on paid administrative leave the same day. The district began investigating and Schultz resigned during the investigation, Nelson said.

Schultz's appear next in court on April 2 in Morton County.