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Former School Counselor Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Engaging in Sexual Affair With 13 Year-old Student

December 8, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A former school counselor was sentenced to 14 years in prison for having sex with a 13 year old student.

Brooke Dinkel 33, met the teen while at Smoky Valley Middle School in Salina, Kansas, where she began working as a first year counselor.

The sexual relationship took place from October 2013 to March 2014, when school faculty were tipped about the trysts.

Prosecutor Christina Trocheck said Dinkel, who is a mother of two daughters, age 4 and 6, lavished the boy with gifts and pursued the relationship.

She told the court, even though Dinkel was warned by both colleagues and friends she continued the illegal sexual affair.

Trocheck also said the counselor shared intimate details of her sexual encounters with friends and tried to influence the teen into lying about their relationship.

The court had also heard evidence that after her arrest, Dinkel defied a court order of protection, forbidding her to contact the teen while she was free on bail.

At her sentencing, the defense argued that Dinkel was mentally unstable and incapable of forming criminal intent.

A psychologist testified that Dinkel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and a personality disorder with ‘borderline avoidant and dependent traits,’ according to the Salina Journal.

Dinkel had claimed she was raped by the teen on December 26th at her home saying “after that, I don’t know what happened to me.”

Dinkel cried in court as begged for a light sentence, telling judge Patrick Thompson: ‘I’m begging you to be able to return to my family, my little girls, I need counseling; I need medication, but I am not a sexual predator.’

However, the pleas fell on deaf ears as the judge sentenced her to almost 14 years in prison, as he read out the sentence, he told Dinkel, “You are not the victim.”

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