Malia Brooks, a sixth grade teacher at a Simi Valley elementary school, was arrested on June 12. Brooks has been accused of being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a male student.
Brooks was charged with committing lewd acts upon a child, oral copulation, and multiple counts of penetation with a foreign object. The allegations surrounding the incident surfaced in February 2013, but the relationship is said to have taken place throughout several months in 2012.
According to CBS Los Angeles:
Brooks turned herself in on Tuesday under a negotiated arrest, and was charged Wednesday of having a sexual relationship with young boy at the school. The district would not say if he was a student in Brooks’ class.
Brooks was charged with one count of a lewd act upon a child, one count of oral copulation of a person under 14, and three counts of genital penetration by a foreign object with a person under 14 years of age when the suspect is more than 10 years older than the victim. According to the district, Brooks had been placed on administrative leave on Feb. 21.
Assistant Superintendent Cary Dritz was unable to give details regarding the incident due to the on-going investigation. Dritz was able to confirm that Brooks had been employed with the school district since 2004 and that the district was cooperating with the police investigation.
Brooks was placed on suspension after the allegations were made and resigned from her position on June 5. Parents were notified by letter shortly after the allegations were made. Brooks was not named in the letter, however, due to a lack of arrests at the time the letters were released.
“The school and District administration have fully cooperated with the Simi Valley Police investigation. Due to legal constraints regarding confidential personnel matters, the details of this investigation and the victims cannot be disclosed,” Cary Dritz, Assistant Superintendent, said.
Outside the courtroom Wednesday, attorney Ron Bamieh said his client “suffers from a mental illness. We’ve had her diagnosed and she’s in treatment. My guess is a lot of the charges precipitated from that illness,”
It is not believed that Brooks had other victims. The Simi Valley Police Department is seeking help from the public. The SVPD asks anyone who may have information regarding the incident or knowledge of other possible victims to call the Detective Department at (805) 583-6248.
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