A former elementary school teacher in Ventura County entered guilty pleas today to three charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a sexual relationship with a student.
Malia Brooks was a sixth grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary School, in Simi Valley.
Brooks was arrested this week on five separate charges, following a more than four month investigation into allegations she had been involved in sexual activity with a child under the age of 14. She was placed on administrative leave in February as a result of the investigation, and quit last week.
Today, during a disposition hearing, she changed her pleas from not guilty, to guilty on three counts, which prosecutors say will spare her victim a trial.
Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Erin Meister told KCLU News the 32 year old woman entered the guilty pleas to three felony counts of a lewd act on a child, with special enhancements. Two lesser counts were then dropped.
She could face up to 12 years in prison when she’s sentenced August 23rd.