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Shook investigation may spread to Miami County

Two more Riverside High School students have come forward saying they also were inappropriately touched by suspended music teacher John “Tim” Shook, a source close to the investigation disclosed Thursday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source reports investigators also hope to talk with a former Covington Exempted Village School student who allegedly engaged in sexual relations with the suspect when he taught there from 2001 to 2005.

The new leads came out after Mr. Shook, 34, of 816 S. County Road 24, DeGraff, was indicted this week for 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.

Neither Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee nor Logan County Sheriff Andrew Smith would confirm if more victims have come forward, but both stressed the investigation continues.

“We continue to investigate numerous tips that have come into our office since the indictments were announced,” Sheriff Smith said.

As with any investigation, detectives will pursue the leads with an eye to developing the criminal case, he said.

Mr. Goslee said his office will review any new cases and determine whether or not to reconvene the grand jury to seek more charges.

Both offices encourage victims to contact detectives at 592-5731.

One of the new victims has been interviewed and investigators hope to talk with the others soon, the source said.

It appears the indictments spurred the local victims to begin talking with their parents, who in turn talked with authorities.

All of the female victims were 14 or 15 years old when the alleged acts began, which fits the profile of the victims in the 10-count indictment.

The defendant taught at Covington and left to pursue a doctorate in music education, according to his resignation letter.

Covington Superintendent David Larsen said the former teacher’s personnel file contained two letters of reprimand, but not for any allegation of improper sexual conduct or contact.

Mr. Larsen and the current administration were not with the district during the defendant’s tenure.

Prior to coming to Riverside 2 1/2-years ago, the music teacher was employed at Clark-Shawnee Local School District from 2007 to 2010.

Mr. Shook has been on paid non-disciplinary leave at Riverside since Feb. 4 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.

CLICK HERE to view public records related to the Tim Shook investigation, including a letter of reprimand from his former building principal.

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