An Ohio Gym Teacher Has Been Charged With Molesting 28 First Graders
John Austin Hopkins was reportedly charged with 36 counts of gross sexual imposition with 28 first-grade girls by a grand jury.
The case began after a concerned father met with the principal at Clearcreek Elementary School after expressing concern when his daughter told him that she “got to sit on Mr. Hopkins lap.” So school administrators checked the footage from the gym’s security cameras and allegedly saw the girl sitting on Hopkins’ lap, confirming the parent’s concerns.
John Austin Hopkins was immediately removed from the classroom and turned it over to the Springboro Police Department and a full investigation began prompting authorities to study security camera footage dating back to December 2018.
In the video, Hopkins was allegedly seen putting his hands up the shirts and skirts of the girls.
The grand jury was presented with incidences of alleged inappropriate touching of 88 different first-grade girls. They decided to indict 36 counts of gross sexual imposition related to 28 different girls.
The 36 sexual misconduct charges are all third-degree felonies, which each carry a 5-year maximum prison sentence.