Elementary School Teacher & Mother of 2 Charged With Performing Sex Acts on a Child (VIDEO)

Malia Brooks
Malia Brooks
A story out of Simi Valley, California, is the kind that makes you wonder if there's anyone you can trust. Malia Brooks, 32, was a teacher at the same school since 2004 with a solid record. She has two young children -- a boy and a girl. She's someone who seemed trustworthy. Then today she was arrested and charged with horrific crimes against a child.

It's heart-sinking news. The official charges are difficult to even read: One count of a lewd act upon a child, one count of oral copulation of a person under 14, and three counts of genital penetration by a foreign object with a person under 14 years of age when the suspect is more than 10 years older than the victim.

According to NBC, there is only one known victim -- a boy who was a student at her school. Officials won't say if he was a student in the sixth grade class she taught or in another grade. His age is also unknown, but given the fact the school only goes up to sixth grade, it's likely someone less than 12 years of age. I feel sick.

How does this happen? Officials say up until February, when authorities were alerted to this inappropriate relationship and she was placed on leave, she was "an exemplary teacher." Her attorney has said that she suffers from a "mental illness," and that the charges likely "precipitated from that illness." But if that's the case, then shouldn't someone have known? Shouldn't someone have prevented her from being in charge of children?

I often feel paranoid because my immediate instinct is to distrust strangers around my children. I wonder if I'm overreacting when I won't let my 9-year-old son go into a public restroom by himself in a place I'm not comfortable. I wonder if I need to relax when I hesitate to let them sleep over at friends' houses. But it's stories like this that make me want to do all that and more.

Because Miles by all accounts is someone I wouldn't have been scared to let my kids go with. She's a teacher. She has kids. Parents loved her. And then this. While I know she's the exception to the rule of mostly loving, nurturing teachers, it doesn't make me worry any less about where that next exception may be lurking. I guess I'm not going to be one of those free range parents anytime soon, as much as I wish I could be.

Do stories like this make you question who you trust? 

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Total... TotallyTweedles

What the actual f*ck is the matter with these women?!

Anissa Roberts

As a mother I was always fearful of all of the same things you listed.  My youngest son has autism but was a gregarious autist.  He would talk to anybody who would listen.  I was terrified that if I was not hyper vigilant he would go off with the firt person that promised him something or asked if he wanted to see some puppies!!  Now I am a grandmother and worry even more about my grandchildren.  I find myself wishing I could just construct a bubble around them and protect them forever!!!  And it is stories like this that make me want to run downstairs to their apartment and just hug them and hug them ....

nonmember avatar Mary

So this woman was CHARGED with a crime. Yet when it is a man who is CHARGED. No one on "TheStir" writes about it. lol This woman has not even had a day in court and yet you people act like she is guilty.

Jessica Reynolds Kuzinski

It IS people like this that make me a nervous wreck...I keep my children as close as possible...I trust NO ONE...and it's a shame you can't, but it's your neighbor, a teacher, a coach, your priest, and let's not forget a friend or family member...I have instilled the fear of any social communication with strangers, any time they leave, that they expect it, EVERY time they walk out the door. I actually tell them very often of the horrors of going with a stranger, and let them watch the news when there is an abduction, or incident of sexual abuse...(within reason) they are only 9 and 13. Because I perceive the world to be threatening, against children. They are growing up the same way, with suspicion of every one. Why do I have to do this? It makes me sick...but it makes them as safe as I can.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Wow...just wow.

nonmember avatar Shannon

Please be aware that teaching your kids "stranger danger" is not a good defense. 90% of offenders are someone you trust --- a teacher, coach, pastor, and yes, 30% of the time, a family member. You are better off teaching them that if someone tells them, "Don't tell your mom and dad", that it's bad --- and they should tell you right away! That predators will lie to them (i.e.threaten to hurt them or family) or people will blame them (the child).

femal... femaleMIKE

A few years ago, there was a second grader that accused her tudor of raping her.  She said it happened in the classroom, while the teacher was still there.  I didn't buy that story at all.   Everyone was appalled and disgusted that this happened with the teacher still in the room.  The little girl was raped because she had an STD. 

Turns out, it was not the tudor after all.  After the grand jury ruled there was no case against him, no further investigation was done. 

Lets see the facts before we crucify her.

LostS... LostSoul88

i agree I want to see the facts first.

IHear... IHeartCake

If guilty, she should be treated the same as a man would be.  Of course she has a mental illness; anyone who does this sort of thing does, but the mental illness is neither here nor there.  I hope the child involved gets the long-term help he or she will need to recover.

Sara Hamilton Christopherson

We really shouldn't judge her until she is proven guitly. Its not uncommon for kids to fasely accuse someone of this especially if they get unintentionally coached by a paranoid or even vengeful parent. This could allbe a huge mistake and that poor woman just lost her career. 

If she is guilty - I say let her burn.

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