Judge sets sentencing date for ex-Springboro gym teacher

A former Springboro gym teacher convicted last week of sexually abusing first-grade girls will soon learn how much time he’ll spend in prison.

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John Austin Hopkins, 25, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. April 22 by Judge Robert Peeler in Warren County Common Pleas Court, online records show.

A jury found Hopkins guilty Friday night of 34 of 36 gross sexual imposition charges following a five-day trial and nearly 11 hours of deliberation.

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Following his conviction, Peeler ordered Hopkins taken into custody. He will remain at the Warren County Jail until his sentencing next month.

Peeler also said he would have Hopkins psychologically evaluated before sentencing him.

Prosecutors said Hopkins of Springboro sexually touched 28 girls during  his first-grade gym class from December 2018 to March 2019 at Clearcreek Elementary School.

He faces up to five years in prison on each count.

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