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By Mike Hazlip–
Citrus Heights resident Jason Earl Hook, 44, plead no contest last Friday to seven counts of sexual assault involving minors. Citrus Heights police arrested Hook last September, following an investigation.
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Monday that Hook plead to “one count of attempted lewd act on a child under 14, two counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 years old, three counts of oral copulation on a child under 10 years old, and one count of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years old.”
Authorities said Hook knew all his victims and repeatedly abused them, beginning in 2010. The victims were both boys and girls and ranged in age from 7 to 15 at the time the abuse occurred.
The DA’s Office said the abuse took place during what Hook called “garage nights” at his residence, where victims were told to “pinky swear” secrecy. The penalty for breaking the promise was to have their pinky cut off.
According to a police news release last year, Hook lived on Birdcage Street and taught light saber classes at Sunrise Community Church. He also attended a light saber club at San Juan Unified School District, but stopped when the school asked him to submit a background check, according to CBS 13.
Sentencing is set for June 24. Hook faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in prison.
Police previously said their investigation began Sept. 8, 2019, where Hook was subsequently arrested and initially charged with 25 counts of child molestation. Online inmate records currently list 10 felony charges against Hook, including possession of child pornography. He is ineligible for bail.
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