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Former Simi Valley Elementary School Teacher Accused Of Sexual Relationship With Student Pleads Guilty To Three Counts

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:42pm

A former elementary school teacher in Ventura County entered guilty pleas today to three charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a sexual relationship with a student.

Malia Brooks was a sixth grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary School, in Simi Valley.

Brooks was arrested this week on five separate charges, following a more than four month investigation into allegations she had been involved in sexual activity with a child under the age of 14.  She was placed on administrative leave in February as a result of the investigation, and quit last week.

Today, during a disposition hearing, she changed her pleas from not guilty, to guilty on three counts, which prosecutors say will spare her victim a trial.

Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Erin Meister told KCLU News the 32 year old woman entered the guilty pleas to three felony counts of a lewd act on a child, with special enhancements.  Two lesser counts were then dropped.

She could face up to 12 years in prison when she’s sentenced August 23rd.

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