Santa Maria teacher gets year in jail for sex with student
April 3, 2015
A Santa Maria judge sentenced a former high school teacher and coach to one year in jail for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. [KEYT]
Brian Hook, 54, taught social science and coached varsity girls’ basketball at Santa Maria’s Pioneer Valley High School. Last month, Hook pleaded no contest to charges of sex with a minor and sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18, and to two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18.
As part of his sentence, Hook received five years of probation. He must also register as a sex offender and pay for counseling for the victim’s family.
Hook faced up to five years in state prison. Prosecutors argued that he belongs in prison.
During sentencing, a victim witness advocate read a letter on behalf of the parents.
“She was someone that he found very easy to manipulate because of her noble kindness,” the letter stated. “Manipulated and worked on her until he was able to get what he desired. A person who is 53 years old with our daughter who is only 16 is a world of difference in their ages.”
Santa Maria police arrested Hook in Feb. 2014. At the time, his wife, with whom he has five children, was working as an administrative assistant at the same high school.