Charges filed against former Allentown Cadets director

 

Sexual assault charges have been filed against the former director of the famed Allentown Cadets drum and bugle corps.

The charges come seven months after nearly a dozen women made allegations of sexual assault and misconduct involving George Hopkins. The charges involve two women who used to work with Hopkins.

Both of whom say they were drugged and sexually assaulted. Hopkins denies the allegations and his attorney says his client will fight two charges of sexual assault in court.

"He denies the allegations but I'm not going to get into the specifics of what happened or what didn't happen. These folks are in for a fight. It's that simple," said attorney Thomas Bergstrom.

That after two of Hopkins' former employees that are listed in court documents claim he sexually assaulted them.

"Both of them claim that they were feeling strangely after ingesting something in his presence and both instances are alleging they were sexually assaulted by him in his residence," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

69 News interviewed both women in April. One woman we identified as "Mary" told us that in 2010 she met Hopkins to talk about drum corps business at a local restaurant. Mary says over the course of three to four hours she had one beer, a shot of liquor and two waters.

She says she became unable to walk and because she didn't live in the area, Hopkins suggested they go to his place. She says when they got there "he grabbed the front of my shirt and he ripped it. He started kissing me. I told him no repeatedly." said "Mary".

"Mary" says Hopkins sexually assaulted her. The second woman says her alleged sexual assault happened in 2008. JB says she went to Hopkins' house to talk about matters relating to Youth Education in the Arts, the organization that runs the Cadets.

JB says Hopkins gave her wine and that later she began to feel peculiar, like she was "floating on the ceiling." She says that's when the sexual assault happened.

"He was much bigger than I was and he just started kissing me and taking my clothes off and took me to the bedroom" said JB.

The district attorney says this case may boil down to an issue of credibility. Hopkins is now free on $50,000 bail. He will be back in court Dec. 4th.

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