An elementary school gym teacher showered 28 girls aged six and seven with inappropriate affection and made them straddle him, police say.
John Austin Hopkins, 25, reportedly molested the first graders while working at Clearcreek Elementary School in Springboro, Ohio, between December 2018 and March 2019, with the youngsters said to have misinterpreted his behavior as friendly affection.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told a press conference Monday: Frankly, they loved him as a teacher because of the amount of affection he was showing them.
What these kids didnt realize, this was completely inappropriate and criminal.
One of the little girls was convinced, he had convinced her, that they were going to be married when she got older.
According to WLWT, Fornshell added: It was predominantly (Hopkins) touching them and explained that the teacher would be positioning them to straddle him.
He is placing many of the girls on his lap, straddling him in what I would describe as a sexual manner.
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.
Thats what we saw mostly with respect to these interactions.
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