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Teacher pleads not guilty to rape

A Riverside High School band director and former Clark-Shawnee Local Schools teacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 felony sex charges involving students.

Indictments for Tim Shook, 34, were handed down Tuesday morning. He faces one count of rape, five counts of sexual battery, five counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempted sexual battery.

Shook is band director for the high and middle schools, and teaches choir and music classes at the high school, according to the Riverside Local Schools superintendent.

According to the indictment, the acts happened between December 2011 and January 2013 and involve two female students, who are 16 and 18 years old now.

Shook is accused of raping one of the girls inside the high school’s weight room while other sex acts were allegedly performed in a school instrument closet, janitor’s closet and bathroom, as well as inside Shook’s home.

Logan County Prosecutor William Goslee said the allegations were brought to light after an investigation into an unrelated incident reportedly involving spanking students on their birthdays.

Goslee asked Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O’Connor for a $50,000 bond, stating that due to his role as a teacher and close interaction with students, there could be more victims and Shook poses a risk to the community.

His defense attorney, Kristin Burkett, said her client has been aware of the investigation since February and hasn’t fled. He already had been ordered to stay off school grounds and not contact students since being placed on administrative leave Feb. 4.

Bond was set at $25,000 or 10 percent and Shook posted that bond Wednesday afternoon. A court hearing has been set for April 17. Shook’s parents as well as the two victims attended Wednesday’s hearing but didn’t comment.

Shook was a teacher at Clark-Shawnee from 2007 until the summer of 2010. His personnel record wasn’t available for review Wednesday.

Goslee said the case remains under investigation. While he wouldn’t release details of the case, Goslee said he’s confident the evidence is solid.

“This case was peer-reviewed twice before we sent it to the grand jury and we feel reasonably confident that we have made the right choice,” he said.

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