KILBOURNE, Ohio — A former Ventures Academy teacher has been indicted for having sex with a 13-year-old student, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the charges on Wednesday.
The Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted 39-year-old Brooke M. Wright for two counts of sexual battery (F-3) and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor (F-3) for a total of four counts.
“This teacher and school administrator was engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a student," said O'Brien.
Wright was a former teacher and administrator at Ventures Academy in Delaware, Ohio. In September 2019, the school placed Wright paid leave after school officials were notified of the criminal investigation in progress.
Wright is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 13-year-old male student she was tutoring. O'Brien says the alleged acts happened between May and September 2019.
“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.
Wednesday, we spoke to Delaware parents, who tell us they're outraged. "That's horrible. Someone in a trusted position that could do something like that, that's horrible and I hope the justice system works well and gets that person out of the system," said Brian Kiess.
Another Delaware parent, Amy Roberson, echoed a similar response. "I think it's sad. 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."
ESC of Central Ohio Dep. Superintendent issued the following statement regarding Wright:
The criminal charges filed against our former employee Brooke Wright disgust everyone in our organization. Her alleged actions represent a betrayal of the trust that students and parents place in us every day. 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. We’ve offered support and counselling to all affected students and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. Most importantly, our educators will continue to support our students.
Arraignment is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:30PM.