#childmolestor | Former Four Oaks counselor will plead next month to sexual abuse of 14-year-old boy | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A former Four Oaks youth counselor filed a written plea Thursday to sexually abusing and exploiting a 14-year-old boy, but a judge rejected it because her attorney didn’t include all the consequences of the guilty plea.

Danielle V. Hook, 29, formerly of Marion, plans to plead to amended charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

The Iowa Supreme Court has allowed written pleas to felonies during the pandemic.

Sixth Judicial District Senior Judge Robert Sosalla rejected the plea because the fines are incorrect and the length of time she would have to be listed on the sex offender registry is missing.

Hook will be pleading to two sexually predatory offenses but the plea also doesn’t state the penalty enhancements she would face if commits future sex offenses, Sosalla said in his order.

The judge reset the plea hearing to March 18, in order to give Hook’s attorney, David Fiester, time to file a new written plea.

If the plea is accepted next month, Hook faces up to 15 years on both charges but she may not face prison time. In a letter from Assistant Iowa Attorney General Maureen Hughes to Fiester, she said she will join Fiester in a recommendation to run sentences concurrently for a total of 10 years and for Hook to receive probation.

Hook also will have to register as a sex offender and serve a special sentence of parole because these are sex offenses.

The other charge of harboring a runaway will be dismissed at sentencing, as part of this plea deal.


A criminal complaint states Hook had sexual contact with the teenager from July 1, 2017, through Nov. 30, 2018, while she was employed as a counselor with Four Oaks at 1341 Bertram St. in Cedar Rapids.

After Hook was fired from Four Oaks, it was discovered the teen was living with her in Marion as juvenile authorities were searching for him, according to an investigation by the Iowa Department of Human Services and juvenile court services.

Investigators also discovered Hook gave birth to the teen’s child, which was confirmed by a DNA test, according to the criminal complaint. The teen was 16 last July, according to authorities.

A search warrant obtained last year by The Gazette provides more details surrounding the investigation.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Chad Deahl, with Linn County Juvenile Court, who had information about a possible “sex trafficking and sex abuse” at Four Oaks, the warrant affidavit states.

Deahl supervised a 17-year-old who was discharged from Four Oaks in December 2018. After the teen attempted suicide by overdose last year, Deahl learned the 17-year-old had been roommates with the 14-year-old at the facility.

The 17-year-old admitted he and the younger teen had sex with Hook in the basement of a cottage at Four Oaks.

Hook, up until the end of November 2018, was in a position of authority over male youths on their daily routines and programs at Four Oaks, the affidavit stated.


Human Services and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation and Marion police on Feb. 11, 2019 found the 14-year-old “hiding” in a back bedroom.

The 14-year-old was arrested and taken to the Story County Juvenile Facility, according to the warrant.

Hook was arrested in Story County last July.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said after she was charged that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office took this case because it has more experience with these types of cases.

Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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