Who is Brooke Wright? Ohio teacher who had sex with boy, 14, with behavioral issues for months gets 4-year jail
The sentence also requires Wright to register as a sex offender every 90 days throughout her life
DELAWARE COUNTY, OHIO: Brooke Wright, a former teacher in Delaware, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old teenager who had behavioral issues.
During her plea hearing in September 2020, assistant prosecutor Sayje Brown accused her of taking advantage of the vulnerability of the teenage boy and having sex with him, reported The Columbus Dispatch.
Who is Brooke Wright?
Brooke Wright, the 40-year-old accused who hails from Gahanna, was a former teacher and administrator at Ventures Academy. The educational institution is unlike any other school as its website description says that the school serves students who are in need of "social, emotional and behavioral interventions". The school is located in Delaware County where it provides an 'alternative education program' for a safer and more structured learning environment for students with special needs.
Since 2003, Wright had been working at Central Ohio's Educational Service Center, which manages Ventures Academy. Prior to the academy, she had worked for the ESC at schools in Bexley, Canal Winchester, Groveport Madison, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Whitehall. She was suspended by ESC and prohibited from school property after the accusations against her came to light in August 2019.
What are the complaints against Wright?
Wright first met the victim in the school in 2018 when he was 13 years old. Later in 2019, she engaged in sexual activities with him for several months at different locations in Franklin County, as per the victim's police complaint.
In September last year, Wright pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual battery. Two more counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dismissed later as per the plea agreement. Aside from four years imprisonment, the sentence requires Wright to register as a sex offender every 90 days throughout her life. Her teacher's license also had to be surrendered following the trial.