A former Ohio teacher was indicted for allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student she was tutoring.
Brooke Wright, 39, was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on multiple counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
“This teacher and school administrator was engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a student," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said on Wednesday, according to Columbus, Ohio television station WSYX.
Wright stands accused of repeatedly violating the 13-year-old boy whom she was tutoring; the alleged abuse occurred at various locales and went on for a span of five months, beginning in May and culminating in September, according to the prosecutor.
“The inappropriate sexual acts took place in multiple locations in Franklin County and if convicted on these charges, Wright faces numerous years of incarceration as well as registration as a sex offender,” O’Brien stated.
Wright used to work as a teacher and administrator at Ventures Academy in Delaware, Ohio, an alternative school that offers students with social, emotional and behavior interventions a “structured and safe learning environment,” according to its website.
One parent of a child attending the alternative school was deeply concerned by the allegations.
"I think it's sad,” Amy Robertson told the station. “I think you put your kids on the school bus every day to be safe and then they're preyed upon as vulnerable students with adults and that's horrible.”
Wright was placed on paid leave back in September once school administrators were made aware of the criminal probe.
School officials said in a statement that the allegations “disgust everyone in our organization.”
“Her alleged actions represent a betrayal of the trust that students and parents place in us every day,” the statement reads.
“When we first learned of these allegations two months ago, we immediately removed her from school property and began cooperating with the investigation into her actions.”
Wright is set to be arraigned Friday.
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