Exclusive: Employee Charged With Sexual Assault At Main Line Facility For Troubled Youth
By Walt Hunter
RADNOR Twp., Pa. (CBS) – For the second time in a week, there have been charges that someone at a main line facility has had improper sexual contact with someone under their care and supervision.
In the latest case, a worker at the Presbyterian Children’s Village is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
Presbyterian Children’s Village provides care and healing for troubled children and families. Radnor police say one of its workers, Khalil Hopkins, used his position to take advantage of the young woman.
“We interviewed several people and as a result of the investigation charges were filed against one of the employees,” said Shawn Dietrich, Radnor Township Police.
Authorities say, in September and October, the teenager was sexually assaulted multiple times inside the facility.
“Over the course of two months there were three separate assaults on the victim,” said Dietrich.
Hopkins’ arrest is the second in the past week at a facility on the Main Line.
Samantha Hicks, a counselor at Valley Forge Military Academy, was accused of improper sexual contact with a cadet and supplying alcoholic beverages last week. (see related story)
In a statement, e mailed by officials at Presbyterian Children’s Village reads in part:
“The accused person is no longer employed. PCV conducts all required background checks for all of its employees. If there was an alleged sexual assault, the proper authorities are notified and the matter is thoroughly investigated”
Police say as of right now there is no indication that Hopkins victimized any other residents at the facility.
An attorney for Hopkins says his client, who recently obtained his graduate degree, is shocked by the allegations and is innocent and plans to fight for justice and prove his innocence in court.
Hopkins is being held in lieu of bail at Delaware County Prison awaiting a preliminary hearing set for January 19th.