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.
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.