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Former Four Oaks counselor charged with sexual abuse of teen boy to plead guilty

A former counselor at a residential treatment facility for minors, accused of sexually abusing a teen boy and later giving birth to his child, is expected to plead guilty in March.
Danielle Hook, 29.
Danielle Hook, 29.(Courtesy: Linn County Jail)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 3:20 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A former counselor at a residential treatment facility for minors, accused of sexually abusing a teen boy and later giving birth to his child, is expected to plead guilty in March.

Danielle Hook, 30, was arrested in July 2020 and charged with 3rd sexual abuse, sexual exploitation by a counselor, and harboring a runaway.

On Wednesday, Hook submitted a written guilty plea to charges of 3rd Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor or Therapist.

On Thursday, the written plea was rejected by a judge due to incorrect and incomplete information on the document.

A new plea hearing was set for March 18th. Hook has until March 17th to submit her new, updated written plea to the court.

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.

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