Ex-teacher Calif. pleads guilty to sex with minor

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California schoolteacher now acknowledges that she had sex with an underage student.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/19wPNS1 ) reports Malia Brooks pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of committing lewd acts with a child under 14. A day earlier, she pleaded not guilty to five charges. Under the plea-change deal, she’ll face up to 12 years in prison instead of a possible 16.

The 32-year-old was a sixth-grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary School in Simi Valley. She resigned last week and was arrested on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the married mother of two had sex with a student earlier this year. Her attorney, Ron Bamieh, says Brooks suffered a “manic episode” brought on by memories of teenage abuse. He’ll seek a four- to six-year sentence.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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