Pasco County teacher's aide arrested for not reporting battery after student told him she was raped

Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 18:21:19-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Pasco County teacher's aide was arrested after deputies say he failed to report a sexual battery after a student came to him and told him she was raped.

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According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, while Romell Brockett, 30, was working as a teacher's aide at Ridgewood High School, a female student told him that she was a victim of a sexual battery. 

The investigation began after the student reported the incident to a school resource officer in January. When deputies continued to investigate the sexual battery, they learned that Brockett had been informed about the assault and did not report it. Deputies say that during the investigation, Brockett admitted to the SRO that the victim told him she was raped. He also told the SRO that he did not report it.

Detectives made contact with Brockett on Wednesday and say that he admitted the victim had told him she was a victim of rape and admitted he did not report this incident because the victim told him she did not want this incident reported. Brockett was arrested on Thursday for failure to report child abuse by a mandated reporter. 

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