High School Basketball Coach Charged With “A Variety of Sexual Assaults”
Santa Barbara County – Brian Thomas Hook, 53, a social studies teacher and varsity girl’s basketball coach at Pioneer Valley High, apparently plays his own game without regard for the Rules of Life.
Hook, a married father of five children, and involved in coaching high schoolers for the past thirty years, held an esteemed position among players and staff. Such was his reputation that he was once described as “being a dedicated and disciplined coach that players are committed to playing for.” Apparently that “discipline” was not one that was self-imposed, as Hook was arrested on February 20th pursuant to allegations of unlawful sexual contact with one of his student players.
Pursuant to that contact and the search of additional locations which Van Meel described as “related to the investigation, evidence indicated that Hook had been engaging in various sexual encounters with a 16 year-old student, including oral copulation of a minor under 19, unlawful intercourse with a minor more than three years younger than the perpetrator, and penetration with a foreign object with a minor.
Hook was arrested on those charges, and was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he is currently held with an unspecified bail amount.
Following Hook’s arrest, Van Meel made a public request for any additional information regarding Hook’s activities to be forwarded to him at the Santa Maria Police Department.
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