An Ohio teacher pleaded guilty to having sex with 13-year-old female student and was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday. The female teacher’s name is Brooke Rosendale, a fifth grade intervention specialist and a girls volleyball and basketball coach at Riverdale School in Ohio.
Rosendale said in court.“I want to apologize to the family,” “I know I hurt them and I apologize.”
Rosendale’s attorney, Peter Halleck,told the court that his client accepted responsibility for what she had done. He said that she was remorseful for her actions.
Rosendale, 27, was engaged to her long-term boyfriend when the incidents occurred.
According to People;Rosendale had sexual contact with the teen in January and February of 2017. The incidents did not happen on school grounds. Rosendale was not the girl’s teacher, but they had met through the school’s extracurricular programs.
According to the arrest report, Rosendale was not the girl’s teacher, but they had met through the school’s extracurricular programs.
In March 2017, the teen’s parents reported the incidents to the school district. After the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office launched a criminal probe, Rosendale resigned from her position. She has also relinquished her teaching certificate.
Rosendale was initially charged with three counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. Under a plea agreement on January 26, she has been found guilty of one count of sexual battery. The other two counts were dropped.
After her release, Rosendale will register as a Tier 3 sex offender and will no longer be able to work with children. She must also pay $225 in restitution to the family of the student.
In court on Wednesday, Rosendale apologized for her actions. The parents of the student appeared in court, but opted not to make a statement to the court.