Former Four Oaks counselor charged with sexual abuse, exploitation of child

Danielle Hook, 29.
Danielle Hook, 29.(Courtesy: Linn County Jail)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 4:35 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A former counselor at a residential treatment facility for minors has been charged with sexual abuse and exploitation of one of the facility’s residents, according to court filings.

Danielle Hook, 29, was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a counselor, and harboring a runaway.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Linn County District Court, an investigation by the Iowa Department of Human Services and juvenile court officials discovered an alleged improper sexual relationship between Hook and a 14-year-old boy who lived at a Four Oaks facility where she was employed as a youth counselor. The exploitation took place between July 1, 2017, and November 30, 2018, according to Linn County Attorneys.

Hook was fired from her employment but was later discovered to allegedly be living with the child in Marion while he was on the run from juvenile court officials. Prosecutors said that Hook gave birth to a child, which was connected by a DNA test to her sexual abuse of the boy. Those accusations date to January and February of 2019.

Hook was released from Linn County Jail on bond.

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