Former Allentown Cadets director in court on sex assault charges

 

A former youth drum corps director accused of sexually assaulting former employees was in Lehigh County court Tuesday.

George Hopkins, the former Allentown Cadets director, is facing two sexual assault charges after nearly a dozen women came forward with allegations earlier this year.

Hopkins had little to say about the allegations as he left court after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

The charges stem from alleged incidents involving two women.

In both cases, the women say after meeting with Hopkins on business, they were drugged and sexually assaulted.

The women are among roughly a dozen connected to the Cadets organization who say they were sexually assaulted by Hopkins dating back to the 1980s.

After the allegations surfaced, Hopkins resigned in April and was then fired by a new board of directors.

During his tenure, Hopkins took the Cadets to 10 world championships and was an icon in the drum corps community.

Hopkins is now suing the cadets for $650,000 in severance, vacation and expenses.

He's due back in court in February. Hopkins is out on $50,000 bail.