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A Smyrna, Delaware school district employee has been charged with rape. Karen L. Brooks, 39, was accused in 2017 of having sex with an underage student while her husband and children were away in Pennsylvania. Brooks admitted to having intercourse with the 17-year-old male on at least four occasions between April 14 and May 7 in 2017.
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Karen L. Brooks first came under investigation in May 2017, when a boy and Myrna Middle School student who had been reported missing by his mother was discovered in Brooks' car in Ocean City, Maryland. The boy was reported missing on April 19, with the mother telling Smyrna Police officials she feared that "this teacher has been molesting my son." After Brooks' apprehension, Ocean City police secured a search warrant for the victim's cell phone, finding text messages indicating an intimate relationship between the boy and the teacher, according to Delaware Online.
The sexual relationship between Brooks and the victim took place between April 17 and May 7. The two had sex at least four times at Brooks' residence, including twice when Brooks' children and husband were away on a trip. Further investigation revealed that Brooks had sex with at least one other student, but details from this second offense are few and far between.
Court records report that Brooks encountered the 17-year-old student while she served as coach of the Smyrna Middle School track team. The victim was working as the team's manager. Brooks was also listed as a volunteer cross country coach on the school district's website. She also served as an Educational Diagnostician in Smyrna Middle School's Special Services department. In wake of the allegations, Brooks was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the school, then resigned from her position in June 2017. She was ordered to have no contact with the school district and forced to surrender both her teaching certification and teaching license.
Brooks pleaded guilty in the case in November 2017. She was sentenced to four years of probation for the misconduct, originally facing up to 30 years in prison. Brooks was also ordered to pay $354 in fines and have no contact with her victims or any other children under the age of 18 except for her biological children. She was ordered to participate in a sexual disorders counseling program.