Gym Teacher Caught On Video Touching 28 First-Grade Girls
A gym teacher at an Ohio elementary school is accused of touching 28 first-grade girls.
WXIX reports that John Austin Hopkins, 25, was indicted on 36 counts of gross sexual imposition. All of the incidents had been caught on camera.
88 first-grade girls reports that they had an interaction with Hopkins during gym class between December 2018 and March.
“Frankly, they loved him as a teacher because of the amount of affection he was showing them,” Prosecutor David Fornshell said. “What these kids didn’t realize, this was completely inappropriate and criminal.”
Hopkins liked to place the little girls on his lap and have them straddle him.
“With respect to some of the girls, his hands are going up their shirts, both the front side and back sides of their shirts, reaching up under the skirt, grabbing their buttocks,” Fornshell added. “That’s really what we saw mostly with respect to these interactions.”
Hopkins was later put on administrative leave after the allegations came to light.
“For many families in our district, these are difficult times,” Springboro Schools said in a statement. “Communication outreach and support is important. The dialogue between our district parents and administration is paramount, as is the safety of every student in our district.”
If Hopkins is convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.