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Shook pleads not guilty

Bond set at $25,000

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Riverside Local School District music teacher John “Tim” Shook enters the Logan County Common Pleas Court for Wednesday’s arraignment on charges he had sexual conduct with one female and sexual contact with another in the past 2 1/2 years. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)

A Riverside Local School District music teacher entered pleas of not guilty to a 10-count indictment that alleges he repeatedly engaged in sexual conduct with one female student since Dec. 1, 2011, and inappropriately touched another girl last summer.

John “Tim” Shook, 34, of 816 S. County Road 24, DeGraff, has been 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 appeared with his attorney Kristin Burkett Wednesday morning before Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

He was shackled at the waist and ankles during the appearance.

Judge O’Connor set his bail at $25,000, half of the Logan County Prosecutor Office’s request.

The defendant posted bond at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday and was released from the Logan County Jail.

According to the indictment, both victims were 15 when the first allegations occurred.

The alleged rape occurred Dec. 1, 2011, in the weight room at Riverside High School. Sexual conduct continued with that victim until Jan. 31.

Allegedly, the acts took place in the band room, instrument closet, a janitorial closet and in the teachers’ restroom at the high school and in the defendant’s bedroom in his home.

The second victim alleges the music teacher inappropriately touched her and made suggestive comments between July 1 and Aug. 14, 2012.

After the arraignment, Prosecutor William T. Goslee said his office will not talk about the merits of the case.

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Logan County Prosectuor William T. Goslee speaks to news media after Wednesday’s arraignment for John “Tim” Shook, a Riverside Local School District music teacher accused of sex crimes involving two female students.

“The defendant is entitled to due process under the law,” he said, “and we want to be sensitive to the victims because they are kids.

“This case twice underwent a peer review and we’re confident we made the right choice to indict him.”

Mr. Shook has been on paid non-disciplinary leave 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.

Mr. Goslee said his office was not convinced he committed a crime and anticipated receiving a “no-bill” from a grand jury.

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.

Mr. Goslee said the investigation remains open and he encouraged any other victims to speak up.

“Anybody who comes forward will be treated with the utmost courtesy and respect,” he said.

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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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