Crime

Married High School Teachers Arrested In Sexual Abuse Case

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Jennifer and Brian WoolseyJennifer and Brian Woolsey

Married teachers at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Arizona, have been arrested in a case involving a sexual relationship with a student that allegedly began when she was 15 years old.

Math teacher Brian Woolsey, 45, is accused of having a three-year sexual relationship with the female student which began in 2010, USA Today reports. He faces multiple charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. According to FOX 10, he also faces two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Brian’s wife, Jennifer Woolsey, 38, a language arts teacher, was also arrested because police believe she was aware of the relationship and did not report it. She is charged with failing to report sexual abuse.

"We had no information regarding any alleged incidents prior to this morning," Danielle Airey, Peoria Unified School District spokeswoman, said in a statement, according to USA Today. "Upon notice that they were in police custody, we immediately put them on administrative leave and are conducting an investigation."

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The victim, who is now an adult, told police about the relationship on Oct. 1. The Woolseys were arrested on Oct. 2.

"I don't know what to feel at this point," Abiel Valencia, a former student of Brian's, told USA Today. "He was a good teacher. I had him a lot for classes, and I spent a lot of my high school time around him, his wife and his kids.

"He never seemed out of the ordinary. He was a family man -- a man that really cared about what he was doing."

Sources: USA Today, FOX 10 / Photo Source: FOX 10