charged with providing sexually explicit material to a 15-year-old boy, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation."/>

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VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP: Teacher accused of wrongdoing involving teen sentenced to 5 years probation under plea deal

Andrea Deanna Brennan (Photo courtesy of the Van Buren Township Police Department)

Teacher Andrea Deanna Brennan, who was charged with providing sexually explicit material to a 15-year-old boy, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation.

Police arrested her on July 10 after she was caught sitting in a vehicle, drinking alcohol with a 15-year-old boy, according to Van Buren Township police.

According to published reports, investigators found a topless photo of Brennan on the teen's cell phone. As part of her plea deal, Brennan reportedly admitted to the judge that she created a picture of a significant portion of her breast and sent it to the teen.

She took a deal to plead guilty to using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records. In exchange, charges of providing sexually explicit material and furnishing a minor with alcohol were dismissed.

Brennan, a 37-year-old Ypsilanti woman, was a teacher at North Middle School for the Van Buren Public Schools at the time of her arrest.

She was sentenced Tuesday through Michigan's third circuit court by Judge Edward Ewell Jr., according to court records. In addition to five years of probation, she is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with minors under 16 years old, excluding her own children.

This means Brennan will be unable to teach at a middle school during the probation.

She was also fined $543, must register as a sex offender, and must attend counseling.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy had charged Brennan with distributing sexually explicit material to a minor, a two-year felony. She was also charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 60 days in jail.

She was arraigned July 31 and given a personal recognizance bond of $10,000. Continued...

Brennan, represented in court by attorney Loren Dickstein, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, prior to taking the plea deal on Nov. 30. Before the plea deal was accepted, a jury trial had been set for Jan. 14.

The charges came from an incident at about 1:30 a.m. July 10 when a Van Buren Township police officer out on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to Beck Fields on Beck Road near Ayres Avenue, according to a Van Buren Township Police Department press release. This area is closed to the public during after hours.

The officer investigated the parked vehicle, according to police, finding Brennan and a 15-year-old boy there drinking alcohol. Brennan was arrested at this time for furnishing alcohol to a minor and the teen was held until police contacted his parents to pick him up.

Police later obtained a search warrant on Brennan's personal cell phone. According to police, this search revealed a history of text messages between her and the teen, in addition to one sexually explicit photo of Brennan that was sent to the teen's cell phone.

Staff Writer Ben Baird can be reached at 734-429-7380, bbaird@heritage.com or via Twitter @BenBaird1. Text HERNews and HER-Weather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cell-phone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.
Teacher Andrea Deanna Brennan, who was charged with providing sexually explicit material to a 15-year-old boy, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation.

Police arrested her on July 10 after she was caught sitting in a vehicle, drinking alcohol with a 15-year-old boy, according to Van Buren Township police.

According to published reports, investigators found a topless photo of Brennan on the teen's cell phone. As part of her plea deal, Brennan reportedly admitted to the judge that she created a picture of a significant portion of her breast and sent it to the teen.

She took a deal to plead guilty to using a computer to commit a crime, according to court records. In exchange, charges of providing sexually explicit material and furnishing a minor with alcohol were dismissed.

Brennan, a 37-year-old Ypsilanti woman, was a teacher at North Middle School for the Van Buren Public Schools at the time of her arrest.

She was sentenced Tuesday through Michigan's third circuit court by Judge Edward Ewell Jr., according to court records. In addition to five years of probation, she is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with minors under 16 years old, excluding her own children.

This means Brennan will be unable to teach at a middle school during the probation.

She was also fined $543, must register as a sex offender, and must attend counseling.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy had charged Brennan with distributing sexually explicit material to a minor, a two-year felony. She was also charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, and furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 60 days in jail.

She was arraigned July 31 and given a personal recognizance bond of $10,000.

Brennan, represented in court by attorney Loren Dickstein, pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, prior to taking the plea deal on Nov. 30. Before the plea deal was accepted, a jury trial had been set for Jan. 14.

The charges came from an incident at about 1:30 a.m. July 10 when a Van Buren Township police officer out on patrol spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to Beck Fields on Beck Road near Ayres Avenue, according to a Van Buren Township Police Department press release. This area is closed to the public during after hours.

The officer investigated the parked vehicle, according to police, finding Brennan and a 15-year-old boy there drinking alcohol. Brennan was arrested at this time for furnishing alcohol to a minor and the teen was held until police contacted his parents to pick him up.

Police later obtained a search warrant on Brennan's personal cell phone. According to police, this search revealed a history of text messages between her and the teen, in addition to one sexually explicit photo of Brennan that was sent to the teen's cell phone.

Staff Writer Ben Baird can be reached at 734-429-7380, bbaird@heritage.com or via Twitter @BenBaird1. Text HERNews and HER-Weather to 22700 to receive news and weather alerts to your cell-phone. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

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