The teen was accused past year of smearing bodily fluids on her former roommate's belongings after the woman posted a video on Facebook of Brochu snoring. The misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace charges against Brochu could potentially be dropped after her probation is up, so long as she sticks to the conditions set by the court.
Brochu is expected to perform 200 hours of community service which includes serving 50 hours at a literacy program and another 50 hours at a social services group.
Perceived slights from Rowe led Brochu to asymmetrically retaliate, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting Rowe's toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine" and putting "moldy clam dip" in her lotions, according to the October Instagram post.
A state judge on Monday, March 12, granted 18-year-old Brianna Brochu's request for a spot in an "accelerated rehabilitation" program, the Associated Press reported. She claimed Rowe was rude to her and posted videos online of her snoring to make fun of her.
Brianna Brochu appeared at the Superior Court in Monday for her hearing.
"By giving her this second chance, I hope she will change her ways and finds love for all mankind no matter what race", Rowe said of her former roommate's accelerated rehabilitation.
Brochu's lawyer, Thomas Stevens, said that he was fairly sure no hate crime charge would be added. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said about the case, which the charges made against Brochu will possibly still follow her into the future. Both women had asked school officials for a change in roommates.
'There was a tipping point that caused my clients to do whatever she did and it was when Ms. Rowe took some unflattering videotape of her and posted it'.
After Brochu was picked up by West Hartford police, the local NAACP suggested the former college student be charged with a hate crime, but prosecutors decided against it. Friends, potential employers and even potential romantic partners will learn of Brochu's conduct with a simple Internet search, the judge said.
Brochu will be forbidden from having contact with Rowe and will have to submit to a mental health evaluation. Even her own children might one day learn about their mother's misconduct. "You can let this case define you or bury it beneath your accomplishments", he said. "There's a system for white people and there's a system for black people", he said.