An engaged 26-year-old former teacher and coach has been accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Ohio, authorities say.
Brooke Lynnette Rosendale, of Bloomdale, was indicted on three counts of third-degree sexual battery, a felony, by a grand jury in Hancock County on June 27, according to court documents.
Rosendale was an elementary school teacher in the Riverdale Local School District in Delaware Township, Ohio, the Toledo Blade reports. She resigned from her job on March 27, according to The Findlay Courier.
The parents of the now 14-year-old girl reported the alleged sexual assault to officials in March, the Blade reports.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rosendale Is Accused of Sexually Assaulting the Female Student on 3 Occasions in January & February
Brooke Rosendale is accused of sexually assaulting the 13-year-old female student on three occasions between January 4, 2017, and February 3, 2017, according to court documents. You can read the indictment filed in Hancock County court below:
The investigation that led to the indictment against Rosendale began earlier this year and she resigned from her position with Riverdale Local Schools on March 27, the Findlay Courier reported in April.
Police were notified about the alleged assaults by the girl’s parents on March 12, the Toledo Blade reports.
Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle told the newspaper the incidents didn’t occur on school grounds and the girl was not in Rosendale’s class, but did know the teacher through other school programs. Rosendale was a coach at the school in addition to being a teacher.
Further details about the accusations have not been released.
2. She Worked as a 5th Grade Reading Interventionist & Coached the Girls Volleyball & Basketball Teams
Rosendale worked a 5th grade reading interventionist for the Riverdale Local Schools, the Findlay Courier reports. According to her Facebook page, she has been in that position since 2014. She worked with special education students.
According to minutes posted by the district’s Board of Education, she received a one-year renewal of her contract with the district in March 2016. Her resignation was approved by the school board at its March 27 meeting, according to the board’s minutes.
Rosendale also worked as junior high girl’s volleyball and basketball coach, The Courier reports.
3. Rosendale Has Been Engaged to Her Fiance Since July 2016 & Her Wedding Is Scheduled for November
Rosendale is currently engaged, according to her Facebook page. She and her fiance have been engaged since July 2016, according to a post on his page.
They are scheduled to be married in Ohio in November 2017, according to a wedding website.
They have been together since 2012, according to posts on their Facebook pages. Her last Facebook post, in April 2017, was a professional engagement shoot photo.
4. She Graduated From Elmwood High School Before Earning Undergraduate & Master’s Degrees at Bowling Green State University
Rosendale graduated from Elmwood High School in her hometown of Bloomdale in 2009, according to the Sentinel-Tribune.
After high school, Rosendale studied early childhood education at Bowling Green State University. She then graduated with a degree in May 2016 with a master’s degree in education, with a focus on reading, according to the college’s website.
5. Rosendale Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison if Convicted of All 3 Felony Sexual Assault Charges
Brooke Rosendale has been charged with three counts of third-degree sexual battery, which is a felony charge. She faces between one to five years in prison on each count if she is convicted, according to Ohio state law.
An arrest warrant for Rosendale was issued ordering the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to take her into custody, but it is not clear if the warrant has been served.
The case has not yet been assigned to a judge and no court date has been set for her first appearance in Hancock County Common Pleas court. She could not be reached for comment and it is not known if she had hired an attorney.