CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (KTXL) — A Citrus Heights man is behind bars after being charged with 25 counts of child molestation, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department.
Jason Earl Hook, 43, was arrested on Sept. 27 after police investigated a series of child molestation cases involving multiple victims, both male and female, between the ages of 8 and 17 years old, according to police.
Police said the alleged crimes began as far back as 2008 and all the underage victims knew Hook. Some of the victims were friends of family members and others would visit Hook at his home.
Investigators confirmed all the identified cases happened while Hook lived in Citrus Heights.
Hook is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail and awaiting trial, said police officials. He has been charged with:
- Four counts of lewd act on a child victim 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant is 10 years older than the victim
- Six counts of lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14 years old
- Seven counts of oral sex act with a child 10 years old or younger
- Eight counts of lewd act on a child under 14 using force
Although several of the victims have been identified, police officials suspect others are still unknown.
Police said while living in Citrus Heights, Hook lived on Birdcage Street. The communications coordinator for the San Juan Unified School District said Hook was a San Juan High School parent but never taught for the district. Citrus Heights police also say he taught lightsaber classes for the Sunrise Community Church.
Citrus Heights police detectives are seeking any information regarding Hook or any additional victims. Any person with information regarding Hook or any victim that has yet to come forward can contact the Citrus Heights Police Department Investigative Services Division at 916-727-5500 or contact the department’s dedicated crime tip line at 916-727-5524.
Correction: The San Juan Unified School District confirmed Hook never taught lightsaber classes for San Juan High School’s after school club, which was originally reported by the Citrus Heights Police Department.