Friday, August 24, 2012

Tennessee Teacher Gets Probation in Sex Case - Updated

(Arlington, Tennessee) Former Arlington High School teacher Stacy Hopkins, 29, was sentenced Thursday to four years probation for engaging in sex with two male students.
In a plea agreement last month, Hopkins pleaded guilty to aggravated statutory rape involving two of the students.

The plea included a four-year prison sentence, but that was suspended Thursday when Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr. granted her request for probation. The request was not opposed by prosecutors.

She will be placed on the sex offender registry.

Hopkins' attorney C. Anne Tipton said her client accepts responsibility and wants to move forward.
In addition to probation, Hopkins is prohibited from having contact with the students and can hold no supervisory position involving children under 18, including as a teacher, youth counselor or even a baby sitter.

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Tennessee Teacher Guilty in Sex Case - Updated
[Previous 7/26/12 post]
(Arlington, Tennessee) Former Arlington High School teacher Stacy Hopkins pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in sex with two of her male students, ages 16 and 17.

Reportedly, Hopkins agreed to a four-year sentence.
How she serves that time will be up to Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr., who will make that decision next month during a sentence hearing.

Hopkins' attorney, Anne Tipton, said she plans to lobby for probation instead of jail time.[…]

Hopkins had faced up to 22 years in prison if convicted of all charges, including statutory rape by an authority figure involving two 17-year-olds and the 16-year-old.

During the plea agreement Wednesday, prosecutors dropped charges involving the photos, all charges involving one of the 17-year-old students and reduced the more serious felony charges of statutory rape by an authority figure involving the other two victims.
Hopkins was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

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Tennessee Teacher Accused of Sex with Male Students
[Previous 5/6/11 post]
(Arlington, Tennessee) A 28-year-old physical education teacher at Arlington High School, Stacy L. Hopkins, has been accused of engaging in sex with two male students along with sending them nude images of herself.

Hopkins faces two counts of aggravated statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, "On May 5th, SCSO investigators were advised of a sexual assault involving two Arlington High School students. A complainant received a phone call from the suspect, Stacy Hopkins ex-boyfriend who stated Hopkins sent inappropriate text messages to two male victims.

Upon further investigation, both victims advised receiving text messages containing nude images. They also advised investigators they had sexual intercourse with the suspect which she did admit to."
Hopkins was booked into custody and subsequently released on $10,000 bond.

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