A former Mount Paran Christian School teacher will serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student, officials said Tuesday.
Christopher Wade Brown’s former student told the court her teacher was “the worst thing that has happened to me,” Cobb County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kim Isaza said in a news release.
The girl wrote in a statement to the court that Brown “stole so much from me.”
Though the girl was old enough to give legal consent, Georgia law prohibits teachers and other school personnel with supervisory or disciplinary authority from engaging in sexual contact with any student enrolled at the same school. Consent is not a defense against a felony sexual assault charge, Isaza said.
Brown, 37, was fired from the school Oct. 4 after allegations he had sex with the student last July.
Brown then tried to have a relationship with another minor, Isaza said.
After Brown was taken into custody, another victim from his former place of employment, Hartsfield Academy in Flowood, Mississippi, came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by Brown, Carter said, but the Rankin County Prosecutor’s Office, located in Branden, Mississippi, declined to prosecute the case.
Last week, Brown pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes in Fulton County for acts related to the second minor girl, Isaza said. He received a sentence of 15 years with 10 years to serve in confinement in Fulton County.
The Cobb County judge sentenced Brown to 20 years with 10 to serve and the balance on probation.
The sentences will run concurrently, Isaza said.
Assistant District Attorney David Williamson said the case represents a man who used his position of trust and authority to manipulate and exploit for his own selfish sexual desires.
Brown will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
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