SANTA MARIA, Calif. – A high school teacher pleaded not guilty last Friday to four felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor.
Brian Thomas Hook, a teacher and girls basketball coach at Pioneer Valley High School, is facing allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student, reports the Santa Maria Times.
The 53-year-old teacher was arrested last month after school officials alerted police that they had received reports of alleged sexual incidents between Hook and a 16-year-old student.
The alleged relationship reportedly took place over a span of approximately four months.
Hook pleaded not guilty to one count of oral sex with a person under the age of 18 and one count of sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18, alleged to have happened around January 14. He is also facing additional charges of oral sex with a person under the age of 18 and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, alleged to have occurred around February 13, the Santa Maria Times reports.
The teacher pleaded not guilty in a front of a courtroom crowd which included his wife, who also works at the high school, and several high school-aged girls seated by her.
He is scheduled to appear back in court this week.
More charges filed against former teacher
A former Arkansas high school teacher was arrested in January on accusations of having inappropriate sexual contact with at least one high school student, reports KAIT.
Jacqueline Nicole Winberry, 28, was originally facing four counts of first degree sexual assault. Earlier this month, prosecutors tacked on three additional counts of transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct.
The investigation into Windberry began when the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline received a report that she had engaged in sexual contact with at least one student, KAIT reports.
Windberry resigned from her position in January and is expected to be in court in April.
Athletic trainer arrested
A Houston high school athletic trainer is facing charges after being caught in a vehicle with a student last week.
Christopher Patterson, a 31-year-old athletic trainer at Willis High School, is being charged with a second-degree felony charge of improper relationship between educator and student, KHOU reports.
Police reportedly uncovered the relationship when they were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle at a local dog park. When they arrived, they found Patterson in the car with a 17-year-old student.
The female student later admitted to having sex with the trainer, reports KHOU.
Police are concerned that there might be other victims and are urging them to come forward if that is the case.
Former teacher gets off easy
Matthew Bowling, a former Louisville teacher, was sentenced to three years of probation last week after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree rape of a former student at Bethlehem High School, reports the Courier-Journal.
According to court records, Bowling engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18 sometime between May 12 and July 9 and sometime between July 10 and Augus0t 2.
The former teacher had been employed at the school since 2008. He resigned in July after the school became aware of reports he was involved with a student, the Courier-Journal reports.
Bowling will not have to serve any jail time unless he violates the terms of his probation. He was required to surrender his teaching license.