Nearly one week after a cheerleader claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a former teacher, authorities revealed a sixth child has come forward.
Police confirmed Tuesday that the sixth victim had not been identified before Tuesday.
Prosecutors have filed sexual assault charges against former teacher Darrell Brooks. He’s been charged with 11 different sex crimes, including seven charges of first-degree sexual assault, according to CNN affiliate WISN.
Brooks appeared in court on Tuesday, but has not yet entered a plea, WISN reported.
Brooks is accused of abducting a 16-year-old girl from a street corner in Milwaukee in May 2015, according to WISN. It says a witness told police Brooks used a rock to smash the car windows of the girl’s two friends before abducting the girl.
In February, investigators began receiving calls from a former student who identified Brooks from a photo as having first abused her in April 2015, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The alleged victim said she believed she was assaulted with other students, but did not realize what had happened until the end of that year, when she saw the news, according to the news outlet.
The Journal Sentinel said the student finally came forward to police last week.
“I was crying because I was scared,” the student told the Journal Sentinel. “I didn’t want to tell anyone because he was a teacher and a principal, and … that people would take advantage of me or worse.”
The school district and the police department in Waukesha, a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, are both taking a closer look at the claims.
In a statement Friday, Waukesha School District Superintendent Dr. David Deitsch told WISN the district is investigating claims of inappropriate conduct between a former coach and students.
Brooks was released on a $10,000 signature bond last week, according to WISN.