By EILEEN MCCLORY
A former teacher at Riverdale School was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for sexual battery charges. Brooke Rosendale, 27, of Bloomdale, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to engaging in sexual conduct with a then 13-year-old female student.
Rosendale must now register as a Tier 3 sex offender, and pay $225 in restitution to the family of her former student.
She was sentenced on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. She was indicted on two additional counts of sexual battery, but those charges were dropped.
Rosendale engaged in sexual conduct with a Riverdale student between Jan. 4 and Feb. 3 of 2017, according to the indictments.
She was a fifth-grade intervention specialist and a junior high girls volleyball and basketball coach at Riverdale before she resigned in March 2017.
She has voluntarily surrendered her teaching certificate, said Lora Manon, assistant Hancock County prosecutor.
Rosendale’s lawyer, Peter Halleck, said his client has accepted responsibility for her actions and has expressed remorse to him.
But Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson, who oversaw the case, appeared skeptical that Rosendale fully understood her actions.
“You stepped across a line, a taboo that cannot be violated,” Routson said. “There cannot be any sort of relationships between teachers and students and you betrayed a very important trust.”
Routson and Manon both cited a letter Rosendale wrote to the court, which they both said showed Rosendale minimized her actions and placed some blame on the student.
Rosendale apologized Wednesday to the parents of the student, who appeared in court but did not wish to make a statement.
“I want to apologize to the family,” Rosendale said. “I know I hurt them and I apologize.”