Santa Maria teacher accused of sexual relationship with student
February 21, 2014
Santa Maria police arrested a 53-year-old Pioneer Valley High School teacher Thursday for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old female student. [KSBY]
Brian Hook, a social science teacher and the varsity girls basketball coach, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl for the last four months. Officers charged him with oral copulation of a minor, unlawful intercourse with a minor and penetration with a foreign object with a minor.
Pioneer Valley Sophomore Red Eublera, a student in Hook’s modern science class, disbelieved the allegations.
“I saw it on my Twitter page. I saw it on my Facebook page. I even saw it on my Instagram,” Eublera said. “He’s a really good teacher,” Eublera said. “I can really learn with him. He’s funny and he’s anything but what people are accusing him for.”
But, other students said they noticed an inappropriate relationship between Hook and the victim.
Police said that Hook’s position as girl’s basketball coach did not have anything to do with the arrest, but that they are requesting anyone else with information to come forward right away.
Hook is married with five children, and his wife works as an administrative assistant at the high school. Hook is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail on $100,000 bail.