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UPDATE: Riverside band director indicted for sex crimes

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Riverside High School’s band director John Timothy Shook, 34, of 816 S. County Road 24, DeGraff, was indicted by a Logan County grand jury today for numerous sex crimes involving two female students, now ages 16 and 18.

He is charged with one first-degree felony count of rape, five counts of third-degree felony sexual battery, one fourth-degree felony count of attempted sexual battery and three third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition.

He allegedly had sexual relations with one and inappropriately touched the other in the past 2 1/2 years.

He will be arraigned in Logan County Common Pleas Court at 9:30 a.m. today.

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As the Logan County sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices continue to investigate Mr. Shook and alleged inappropriate relationships with students, potential other victims are encouraged to come forward. They can contact the sheriff’s office at 592-5731.

He was formerly a teacher at Clark-Shawnee Local School District in Springfield and Covington Exempted Village Schools.

Mr. Shook has been on paid non-disciplinary leave since Feb. 4, but Riverside Superintendent Scott Mann said Tuesday he had yet to speak with the district’s attorney to determine whether that status should be changed.

He also said the board may consider policy and hiring procedures in future meetings.

“The BCI background checks are required and those are the things we will continue to do,” Mr. Mann said. “The state mandates a lot of that, but I think that will be reviewed.”

For the time being, however, the focus is on the students affected, he said.

“Right now we have to make sure we are there for the victims and their families,” Mr. Mann said.

The school has arranged for counselors at the school who can talk with students.

The band director more than doubled the band’s size from 20 students when he started to 60. His salary was $60,895 including supplemental contracts.

The investigation started after a parent complained of inappropriate classroom behavior on the part of the defendant. He allegedly administered “birthday spankings” and stripped down to a pair of tight fitting shorts with the intention of discouraging students from wearing similar shorts or yoga pants.

Authorities were not convinced he committed a crime and considered dropping the investigation.

Then, one of the victims told her parents of repeated sex acts with the defendant and another stepped forward with allegations he inappropriately touched her and made suggestive comments.

Investigators looked closer at the allegations and moved quickly to indict the defendant.

CLICK HERE to view the indictment against John "Tim" Shook. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Examiner has redacted the female victims' initials and dates of birth used to identify them in the indictment documents.

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