A former swimming coach at Coffman YMCA and primary school teacher in Springboro, Ohio, has been accused of a large jury in Warren County of 36 counts of gross sexual intimacy with 28 first-class girls. He was arrested and taken to jail on Monday morning.
Investigators reviewed 90 days of securities in the school where John Austin Hopkins worked – all that was available in the school's surveillance system. After interviewing 88 first-class girls at Clearcreek Elementary, the jury decided to indirectly Hopkins related to 28 of them.
Among the allegations made by prosecutor David Fornshell was the video that showed he was poking and sexually assaulting the students.
"He places many of the girls at his lap and hands him what I would describe as a sexual way. With regard to some of the girls, his hands run on their shirts, both on the back and the back of their shirts. , when they come under the skirt and grab their dandruff, this is what we saw most about these interactions, "Fornshell explained at a press conference.
See the press conference, courtesy WHIOTV:
Hopkins resigned from his position and coaching position in March.
According to the Ohio Act, if Hopkins was convicted, each tax would be linked to a mandatory prison sentence of between 12 and 36 months.
The Coffman YMCA is a USA Swimming Club, in addition to its status in the YMCA, although Hopkins' name is not yet shown in the US Center for SafeSport's Suspended or Prohibited Trainer database. Historically, the US Center for SafeSport has used criminal charges or charges to justify issuing at least one temporary suspension.