Jennifer Edwards Baker
A former Hamilton County foster mother accused of raping children in her care was found competent to stand trial Tuesday.
Barbara Brooks, 64, will go on trial Sept. 2 before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Martin. She faces 15 charges of rape and three charges of gross sexual imposition.
If convicted on all charges, she could spend the rest of her life in prison.
She has pleaded not guilty and has been locked up at the county jail on $500,000 bond since her June 7, 2012, arrest.
Brooks is accused of sexually molesting four children she babysat from Jan. 1, 2000, to Feb. 27, 2007, in her homes in Mount Healthy and Springfield Township.
In April 2011, two people accused Brooks of sexually abusing them while they were in her care.
That set off the investigation.
Brooks worked as a licensed foster parent for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services from July 1996 to December 2008.
She was terminated as a foster parent in 2008 when JFS and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated allegations of sexual abuse.
The charges could not be substantiated, so the case was dropped and no charges were filed.