Simi Valley Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex with Student
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher has agreed to plead guilty to having a sexual relationship with a student, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Malia Brooks, 32, who taught 6th grade at Garden Grove Elementary, will plead guilty to three counts of committing a lewd act with a child under 14 and a special enhancement of substantial sexual conduct.
She had previously pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Wednesday.
The divorced mother of two was arrested on Tuesday after a months-long investigation.
Officials with the Simi Valley Unified School District notified police on Feb. 22 about allegations of inappropriate conduct between a teacher and a student.
The student was a boy under the age of 14, according to police.
Simi Valley police immediately began an investigation, and Brooks was placed on administartive leave.
She resigned on June 5 and was no longer an employee of the district, school district officials said.
Brooks remained behind bars on Thursday on $2 million bail.
She was scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 23 for a sentencing hearing.
Her attorney, Ron Bamieh, has said that Brooks suffers from mental illness. He planned to present evidence of her mental state at the hearing.
There was no information to indicate that there might be any additional victims, police said.
“The school and District administration have fully cooperated with the Simi Valley Police investigation,” district officials said in a statement.
The distinct has provided counselors and psychologists to work with students who might be impacted or concerned by the events, the statement also said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Simi Valley Police Department at (805) 583-6248.