The Orcutt Resident is a Social Sciences Teacher and Girl’s Basketball Coach
by Jae Brattain | posted 02.25.2014
Detectives from the Santa Maria Police Department investigated Brian Thomas Hook after there were accusation that he had multiple inappropriate relations with a student at Pioneer Valley High School. The first incident took place around January 14th. There was also a second occurrence, which happened around February 13th. The name of the alleged victim was not, and likely will not, be released because she is only 16-years old.
Authorities from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District contacted local law enforcement on February 19th. They had been alerted of the sexual encounters by Pioneer Valley High staff members. Brian Hook, who is 53-years old, was said to have committed several sexual assaults against one of the students over a 4-month period.
The next day, police obtained a search warrant and went to Hook’s home. They also investigated other locations related to the crime, but the specific areas were not identified. Once they served the warrant, Hook was taken into custody and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail.
At the time of his incarceration, he was being charged with oral copulation, unlawful intercourse, and penetration of a foreign object. Each of the charges have to do with a minor and all are felony level. His bail bond was set at $100,000.
As a certificated teacher and coach, Hook was in a position of authority. Due to the fact that investigation is still in progress, not many details have come to light. District authorities have only indicated that they are working with law enforcement. Police are urging that anyone with information about this case contact their detective bureau. The detective in charge is Sgt. Paul Van Meel.
The UCSB Student Had Lewd Images Stored on Cell Phone
by Jae Brattain | posted 01.16.2014
Scott Lienhart has been arrested after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies stumbled upon the suspect manufacturing concentrated cannabis in his backyard. The incident began when deputies were citing his roommate for being under 21 and having alcohol. The individual being cited ran away from the scene, but was later located at his residence that he shares with Lienhart. Neighbors in the area provided assistance to the deputies by pointing where the suspect lived.
They found the individual at a house near the corner of Sabado Tarde Road and Camino Pesdacero in Isla Vista, which is only two blocks away from the UCSB campus. His name has not been released. However, deputies also discovered illegal concentrated cannabis being produced in the backyard by 19-year old Lienhart. He is a student
The initial incident occurred January 8th, but was followed up with further investigation by the Isla Vista Foot Patrol and Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division. A search warrant was obtained and then subsequently executed on January 14.
While searching the residence, investigators discovered pornographic images of children on Lienhart’s cell phone. He was arrested at the scene and taken to Santa Barbara County Jail. Initially, a bail bond set for the defendant, but he was later released on his own recognizance. The District Attorney’s Office has been forwarded all of the case information from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
At this time, Lienhart is being charged with possession of child pornography, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, and possession of a controlled substance. All are felony level charges, which could carry a possible California State Prison sentence. However, the charges may be reduced to misdemeanors once the case is determined by a Superior Court judge.
Santa Barbara Law Enforcement Arrest Over 150 People During the Holidays
By Jae Brattain | Published 01.06.2014
Local authorities placed a heavy emphasis on arresting drivers who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the holiday period. Agencies throughout the County of Santa Barbara were on high alert for a period of 20-days from mid-December to New Year’s Day. There were 151 people arrested in total according to provisional estimates. This compared to 154 apprehended last year during the same time. Some agencies have not reported their arrest totals yet.
Law enforcement are planning more DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and increased patrols in the coming year. For the immediate future, Super Bowl weekend during the beginning of February has been targeted initially, with a follow up in March for St. Patrick’s Day. No other plans have been indicated, but there may be other times when there is added attention given to potential DUI drivers.
Motorists who suspect fellow drivers of driving impaired are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report. It is legal to make emergency 9-1-1 calls on cellular phones while driving as long as it’s to a law enforcement agency, fire department, medical provider, or other emergency service agencies.