Barbara Brooks: Former foster parent pleads guilty to raping children, gets 7 years behind bars

CINCINNATI --  A Colerain Township woman accused of sexually abusing children she babysat pleaded guilty to rape charges Friday in a plea deal.

Barbara Brooks, a 63-year-old former Hamilton County foster parent, pleaded not guilty in June 2012 to charges of sexually assaulting four different children she babysat between January 2000 and Feb. 27, 2007.

Officials said the rapes occurred in her homes in Mt. Healthy and Springfield Township.

She has been held at the Hamilton County Justice Center since her arrest.

Brooks was charged with 15 counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. She faced the possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison before accepting the plea deal.

She pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and was sentenced to seven years in prison. She has served two of those years since her arrest in 2012. She will be behind bars for about five more years.

She is now classified as a tier 3 sex offender, meaning she will have to register her address every 90 days as a sex offender.

Brooks was a foster parent from 1996 until 2008, according to Hamilton County Job and Family Services spokesperson Brian Gregg.

Police arrested Brooks on June 7, 2012 after a relative of the alleged victims, who are now 18 and 23-years-old, reported to police that the babysitter had abused them between 2000 and 2003.

In 2008, a child sex abuse complaint was made against Brooks, said Gregg. Cincinnati police investigated, but didn't file charges. Brooks resigned from the foster care program and Job and Family Services officials permanently terminated their relationship with her.

"These cases are always difficult to comprehend," Deters said in a previous news release. "We are glad that the victims had the courage to come forward so that we can make sure that Brooks is never in a position to care for a child again."

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