Former Tulsa Teacher Sentenced To 10 Years For Molesting Student

Wednesday, May 20th 2015, 6:22 pm
By: News On 6

A former Tulsa middle school teacher is headed to prison for ten years for touching and sending sexual text messages to a sixth grader.

Brian Drabek used to teach math and science at Thoreau and the 12-year-old girl, who he said he was in love with, was one of his students.

The district attorney read a letter from the girl's mother who said she can't put into words the hurt this has caused her family.

She said her daughter changed -- sometimes angry, sometimes curled up into a ball -- and sometimes even blames herself.

The victim's mother said she had to hold in her anger as she listened to her daughter describe the way he talked to her and touched her, and the "damage to her family is massive."

She said it kills her when her daughter says she thinks this is her fault. The mother said, "How is it her fault this disgusting man touched her?"

The DA said Drabek admitted he was attracted the middle school aged girls, that he has fantasies about them and that he viewed child pornography.

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They said the teacher broke a sacred trust when he preyed on a 12-year-old girl in his class, gave her an iPad and picked her up from her home twice and took her to his home where they could kiss and touch and had her lie to her parents about it.

His attorney argued that this was not a long term situation, but involved two incidents of kissing and touching.

She said Drabek was suffering from depression after his wife divorced him and remarried.

She pointed out that Drabek received a commendation while in the navy and had good job reviews until this incident.

His father testified his son is remorseful and now attending Bible classes in jail and needs help, not prison.

Regardless of his sentence, Drabek will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

His family said he has their support and they will give him a place to live, a job and get him whatever treatment he needs.

The judge said Drabek showed no remorse either in his testimony or by pleading no contest to the crimes, sentencing him to 20 years on each of the five counts against him, with 10 years of each sentence to be probation. 

The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently and gave Drabek credit for the 13 months he's already spent in jail.