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Former Four Oaks counselor pleads guilty to sexually abusing 14-year-old boy

Danielle Hook
Danielle Hook

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- A former Four Oaks youth counselor has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and exploiting a 14-year-old boy in 2018.

Danielle Hook, 29, of Marion pleaded guilty to Third-Degree Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor or Therapist. Hook was also charged with Harboring a Runaway. That charge was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

According to court documents, Hook was arrested in June 2020 after investigators learned she had engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male patient who was a resident at the Four Oaks facility.

After she was fired from Four Oaks, it was discovered the teen was living with her when juvenile authorities were searching for him. Investigators also found out Hook gave birth to the teen's child, which was confirmed by a DNA test.

Hook will be sentenced on May 18. She will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Prosecutors will recommend probation as part of the plea agreement.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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