A Delaware County school teacher and administrator has been charged with four felonies by a Franklin County grand jury after she was accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student.
Brooke Wright, 39, of Johnstown had worked as a teacher and administrator at Ventures Academy, an alternative education school in Delaware but since has been suspended and placed on administrative leave, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said in a news release Nov. 13.
The four counts against Wright -- two counts of sexual battery and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor -- are related to allegations of sexual conduct that took place in Franklin County.
O'Brien said the sexual encounters with the 13-year-old male student are believed to have taken place between May and September.
The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, which contracts with schools across the region to provide educators, said in a statement issued by Deputy Superintendent Mike Trego that supporting students remains the center's top priority.
"The criminal charges filed against our former employee Brooke Wright disgust everyone in our organization," Trego said. "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," he said. "We've offered support and counseling to all affected students and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement."
Wright is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 15 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and registration as a sex offender.