California Teacher Accused of Molesting Teenagers
(Merced County, California) Marilouise Hawks is a teacher formerly at Merced County Juvenile Hall.
Hawks, 64, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of child molestation after accusations of inappropriate contact with two inmates, ages 16 and 17, at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex, according to Steve Slocum, the supervising deputy district attorney who filed the case.According to prosecutors, the molestation occurred between September and October of last year.
Slocum said the charges were the strongest available to prosecutors, based on the facts of the case and the California criminal code. If convicted, Hawks faces up to two years behind bars and will be required to register as a sex offender, Slocum confirmed.