Teacher charged with beating husband's mistress

Caroline Olivia Brooks

A longtime Columbia County art teacher will not face workplace discipline after a recent arrest in connection with an attack on a woman she said was her husband’s mistress.

Caroline Olivia Brooks, 34, teaches art at Lakeside High School. She was charged early Saturday with criminal trespass and simple battery.

“The nature of the arrest, being a domestic dispute at this point, should not affect her continued employment with the school system,” Superintendent Sandra Carraway said Monday.

An Evans woman called authorities after 4 a.m. Saturday and said the wife of the 36-year-old man she was sleeping with had come into her home and attacked her.

The 29-year-old woman said she was sleeping with Brooks’ husband in her bedroom when she heard the back door open. She said Brooks entered the bedroom and hit her repeatedly.

Brooks’ husband told deputies the same story.

Brooks and her father refused to make statements to police. She was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center. She was released after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.

Brooks, a 1997 Lakeside graduate, spent seven years teaching art at Greenbrier High School before returning to her alma mater in 2010.

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