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Victim’s mother first to testify in Shook trial

It was a secret she hoped to keep from her daughter.



But two weeks ago, when it became more likely John Shook would proceed with a trial, she had to tell the daughter about finding the young woman’s journals and turning the items over to authorities.

“I told her just two weeks ago,” the mother said, when Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee asked why she waited so long. “Because I had to.

“I was hoping we wouldn’t have to go to trial and she wouldn’t know about it,” she said as she began to sob.

The Examiner is not identifying the mother to protect the identity of the girl, one of three Riverside High School students who allegedly was molested by Mr. Shook, 35, over a two-year period.

The former band director is accused of six counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition.

A jury of nine women and three men was seated yesterday. After lunch, the jury, along with two alternates, took a bus trip to Mr. Shook’s 816 S. County Road 24, DeGraff, residence and then to the Riverside school building.

Mr. Shook’s defense requested the trip to give the Logan County Common Pleas jury a perspective of the evidence they will hear in the trial.

Once back in court, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart outlined the case against Mr. Shook.

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