A former teacher in Ohio has been indicted for having sex with a 13-year-old student she was tutoring, authorities said.
Brooke M. Wright — who also served as an administrator at Ventures Academy in Delaware, Ohio — is accused of engaging in sex acts with the teen between May and September, prosecutors in Franklin County announced Wednesday.
“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,” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a statement.
Wright, of Columbus, was placed on paid leave in September after school officials were notified of a criminal investigation, WSYX reports.
School district officials said the accusations against Wright “disgust everyone” throughout the central Ohio community.
“Her alleged actions represent a betrayal of the trust that students and parents place in us every day,” Educational Service Center of Central Ohio Deputy Superintendent Mike Trego said in a statement. “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.”
Parents of students at the school said they were also outraged by the disturbing accusations, WSYX reports.
“I think it’s sad,” parent Amy Roberson 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.”
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Wright on two counts of sexual battery and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. She’s expected to be arraigned on Friday, O’Brien said.
Attempts to reach Wright early Thursday were unsuccessful.
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