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John Austin Hopkins: Ex-Springboro Teacher Sentenced To 8 years For Molesting First-graders
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John Austin Hopkins: Ex-Springboro Teacher Sentenced To 8 years For Molesting First-graders

A judge sentenced a former Springboro teacher John Austin Hopkins to eight years in prison for molestation. Hopkins molested 28 first grade girls at Clearcreek Elementary School. His actions were caught on surveillance video. He would nuzzle and kiss the girls. He put his hands on their thighs and other body parts and inside of their shirts. Hopkins had told police he only gave side hugs and high fives. During his trial, prosecutors noted he didn't treat the first-grade boys the same way. His defense attorneys said he was on the autism spectrum at the time of his trial. Parents who'd seen the videos testified how they felt "appalled" and "disgusted" by Hopkins' behavior. “[Hopkins] put her on his lap, spread her legs, tickle her, nuzzling and all while gym class was goin...