Ex-Four Oaks youth counselor pleads guilty to sex abuse

(Courtesy: Linn County Jail)
Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 3:23 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former Four Oaks youth counselor has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and exploiting a 14-year-old boy in 2018.

The Gazette reports that 29-year-old Danielle Hook entered a written plea Thursday to amended charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. As part of a deal with prosecutors, a charge of harboring a runaway will be dismissed.

Prosecutors also agreed to recommend lifetime probation for Hook when she’s sentenced May 18. Her convictions on the two counts together carry a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

The judge who accepted her plea Thursday ordered her to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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