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Former East Ridge athletic trainer charged in Florida with offering teens alcohol, lying to police

Updated: January 14, 2020 10:10 PM

A former East Ridge athletic trainer has been charged in Florida with giving false information to police and offering alcohol to a minor.

Brianna Walker, was an athletic trainer at Spruce Creek High School in Florida when she accused four high school football players of drugging and raping her in 2018. Walker, who was 23 at the time, allegedly told investigators the teens came to her home and drugged and raped her, although she said she was fuzzy on some of the details, according to the police report. She told investigators she didn't consent to have sex with all four teens, but may have given consent to one.

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A few days later, Walker resigned from the school and was later hired by a firm in Minnesota where she was assigned to East Ridge High School in July.

The toxicology report later came back showing Walker wasn't drugged, and investigators learned she had an alleged history of flirtatious behavior toward students. Walker told police she had two alcoholic drinks when the teens arrived at her home and later had a third. She also admitted to allowing them to drink her alcohol, according to the police report. The teens told police Walker offered them alcohol but they didn't partake.

That's when the mother of one of the boys pursued criminal charges against Walker.

East Ridge High School sent a message to families after Walker was charged in Florida stating the school didn't learn about the allegations against her until December 2019. At that time, it parted ways with Walker.

Mary Jane Nettles, an attorney for Walker told KSTP Tuesday, "Ms. Walker denies any criminal behavior on her part and has pled not guilty to the charges. We intend to fight them."

Nettles added, "It is frankly outrageous that the government has chosen to pursue charges against her simply because of this being a 'he said, she said' situation.

"Experts will tell you that the trauma associated with a sexual assault will render a victim unable to give accurate details even when the reporting is done immediately after the assault.  It is not uncommon for a victim, in the process of trying to accurately and truthfully relate what happened, to give different versions during the next few days after an event.  This is partly because the victim knows that she will be blamed for it happening in the first place and begins to question her recollection of events. This does not mean that an assault did not occur.

"Women have a hard enough time as it is reporting these types of acts of violence. The publicity surrounding this matter will undoubtedly make other victims refuse to report and will serve to enable abusers to repeat their criminal conduct with impunity."

Walker has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor by service of alcohol to said minor and making a false statement to a law enforcement officer.

Summit Orthopedics, Walker's employer, issued a statement:

“Summit Orthopedics places the safety of our patients, student athletes and staff at the forefront of all we do. We recently became aware of the charges against Ms. Brianna Walker and we respect the due process afforded to anyone in the legal system. Given this is a confidential personnel matter, we will not be discussing any further details. As a reminder, we will always place the safety of our patients, athletes and staff first.”

The Associated Press contributed to parts of this story.

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