Ex-Springboro teacher accused of molesting more than 2 dozen first graders

Ex-Springboro teacher accused of molesting more than 2 dozen first graders

December 12, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


SEXUAL IMPOSITION. JOHN AUSTIN HOPKINS SAT IN COURT
TODAY WITH DOZENS OF SPRINGBORO
PARENTS SITTING BEHIND HIM. HOPKINS A FORMER GYM TEACHER AT
CLEARCREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS
ACCUSED OF MOLESTING 28 FIRS
GRADERS, A TOTAL OF 36 TIMES. PROSECUTORS SAY ALL OF THE
CRIMES WERE CAUGHT ON SCHOOL
SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.>>THE VIDEOS ARE ALL DIFFERENT. THERE’S MULTIPLE CHILDREN. THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF
THEM, IN MY OPINION, HUGE
NUMBER, IF NOT ALL OF THEM, DO
NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF GROSS
SEXUAL IMPOSITION. KARIN: IN COURT DOCUMENTS FILED
TODAY DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
EXPLAINED WHAT THEY SAW ON THE
VIDEOS. SEVERAL HUGS, HOPKINS RUBBING A
CHILD’S BACK UNDER HER SHIRT
, TICKLING AND PATTING A CHILD’S
BELLY
AND HAVING KIDS SIT ON HIS LAP.>>ON A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF
THE VIDEOS, HE DID NOTHING MORE
THAN A SANTA CLAUS DOES WHEN A
CHILD IS HURT, UPSET OR CRYING
KARIN: IN 9 OF THE 36 INSTANCES
THE DEFENSE ADMITS VIDEO DOES SHOW HOPKINS PATTING OR TOUCHING
A CHILD’S BUTT, BUT SAYS
EVIDENCE DOESN’T MEET THE
DEFINITION OF SEXUAL CONTACT. PROSECUTORS SAY THE BEHAVIOR IN
ALL 36 CASES IS SEXUAL.>>THE DEFENDANT PLACING HIS
HANDS UP THESE CHILDREN’S BACKS,
HIS PUTTING HIS HAND UP THE
SKIRT OF A CHILD, HIS MUZZLING
IN THE NECK OF SEVERAL CHILDREN,
HIS SPREADING CHILDREN’S LEGS AND THEN HAVING THEM STRADDLE
HIS LAP.>>THOSE BEHAVIORS ARE ENOUGH TO
PROVE GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION. KARIN: PROSECUTORS POINTED OUT
VIDEO ISN’T THE ONLY EVIDENCE
THEY HAVE IN THIS CASE. WE HEARD ALL OF THIS TESTIMONY
TODAY BECAUSE THE DEFENSE FILED
A MOTION TO DISMISS THE CHARGES
WHICH WAS DENIED. THEY ALSO FILED A MOTION TO
CONTINUE TO TRIAL BECAUSE OF THE
AMOUNT OF VIDEOS THEY HAVE TO
ANALYZE. JUDGE GRANTED THE MOTION. NEW TRIAL HAS BEEN SET TO BE