Smyrna School District employee arrested for sexual relationship with underage student

Karen Brooks, 38, Dover

Karen Brooks, 38, Dover

SPD investigators have arrested an employee of the Smyrna school district for an unlawful sexual relationship involving a 17 year old minor student. In the beginning of May, detectives were notified of a potential inappropriate relationship involving district employee Karen Brooks, 38 of Dover, DE (assigned to the Smyrna Middle School) and a 17 year old male student of the district.  Through exhaustive investigation, detectives were able to determine that the suspect engaged in unlawful sexual acts with the victim on multiple occasions.  On June 1st, detectives took Ms. Brooks into custody without incident and formally charged her with 2 counts of Rape 4th Degree/Sexual Intercourse with a Victim under 18.  Ms. Brooks was processed and arraigned on these charges via video court in JP #2.  Ms. Brooks was issued a $40,000 secured bond pending a future preliminary court hearing.  At this time, Ms. Brooks remains free on bond.  It is not believed that any unlawful acts occurred on any Smyrna School District property.  This investigation remains active and ongoing and no further details will be released at this time in order to preserve the integrity of the case.