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George Hopkins not the only Allentown Cadets 2018 departure

Scott Atchison left in January.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - While former Allentown Cadets Director George Hopkins' departure from the drum and bugle corps was very public, he's not the only staff member this year to leave under a dark cloud.

In January a less public exit was made by Brass Caption Head and contract worker Scott Atchison after working for the Cadets for just a few months.

"He was arrested in 2003 on an allegation of videotaping a 17-year-old female student changing in a private room," said Dave Boucher, investigative reporter for the Tennessean.

Boucher came across Atchison's case in 2016 while doing a story on teachers who are charged with misconduct, who resign, and then get teaching jobs in other states.

At the time of that article Atchison was working at the University of Kentucky.

Boucher says the incident in question happened while Atchison was the band director at Hanford High School in California.

According to media reports from 2003, the 17-year-old girl was changing when she noticed a shoebox with a hole and a blinking light coming from inside.

A camera was found, it was reportedly school property, but was assigned to Atchison.

Atchison resigned after his arrest.

On the site Drum Corps Planet many of the posts are focused the allegations against Hopkins.

But one person who identifies himself as SLA writes "it's time to set the record straight."

The post goes on to say:

"In 2003 I was falsely accused of wrong doing during my tenure as a teacher in California."

"I have consistently said nothing wrong took place."

Though the court records show Atchison was found guilty, the poster SLA says,"that charge was later dismissed."

And court records back that up.

The poster says the Allentown Cadets require employees to pass three background checks as per Pennsylvania guidelines.

We contacted Youth Education in the Arts, the body that oversees the Allentown Cadets for comment on the dismissal of Atchison.

The board released a statement saying "YEA! only employs people who pass the required background check."


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