I discussed the Reese Hopkins rape case on Talking with Chuck & Phil on WBNW AM 1120 Boston and other stations Friday. To refresh your memories, Hopkins is a 39-year-old former Boston radio host who was arrested in October on charges of forcible and statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl. I’ve looked into the case and seen that there are problems with the prosecution’s version of events.
From Glenn Sacks eyes Reese Hopkins case (Boston Herald, 1/16/09):
Columnist and former syndicated talk radio host Glenn Sacks has taken a keen interest in the child rape case against ex-WRKO gabster Reese Hopkins, saying there are “a lot of tangible problems” with the New York prosecution’s case.
“I’m not dumb enough that I’m going to go out there and declare this guy innocent and white as snow,” Sacks told the Herald yesterday. “But I think there are a lot of very tangible problems with the prosecution’s case that point to possible innocence.”
Hopkins, 39, is charged with raping a girl when she was age 11 and 12 in 2004 at the upper East Side apartment he shared with his girlfriend. The alleged victim was a pal of his girlfriend’s daughter.
The Herald reported yesterday that Hopkins said he would rather die in prison than admit to any guilt. He remains on Rikers Island on $100,000 cash bail.
Sacks said he became interested in the case after one of Hopkins’ friends wrote to him about it. He said he has spoken with Hopkins and has gone over the case with Hopkins’ attorney, Keith Cavet.
Sacks, a fatherhood advocate who lives in Los Angeles, said he [has] documentation that shows Hopkins wasn’t living in the Manhattan apartment on the dates that the alleged rapes took place.
“He had moved out in June and the rapes supposedly happened between September 1 and October 31,” said Sacks, who said nobody was living in the apartment at the time because it was uninhabitable and being painted.
Hopkins has said he was living and working in Connecticut at the time of the alleged assaults.
Sacks said that, according to Hopkins’ attorney, there’s no record of the victim receiving medical attention after the alleged rapes.
Sacks hosted the men’s rights program “His Side with Glenn Sacks,” which aired in Boston.
According to Hopkins’ attorney, the teen accuser also told child protective services that Hopkins had molested his stepdaughter, but the charge was found to be “unsubstantiated.” I have been in touch with Hopkins’ fiancée, whose daughter the accuser claims Hopkins molested. She says Hopkins is innocent and is working to help him get out of prison.
Hopkins’ attorney believes that the prosecution does not have any evidence outside of the girl’s word about what allegedly happened to her four years ago. He also says there is no record of the girl seeking medical attention after the alleged rapes. This is very suspicious — Hopkins is a large adult, and it is hard to believe that a large adult male could forcibly rape a 12-year-old girl without there being substantial injury to the girl.
Most of the previous coverage of this case has been of the inflammatory, “what a terrible thing Hopkins did” variety–I commend Chuck Morse for being willing to examine the other side. Morse said he wants to have Reese on from Rikers Island, and we’re going to see if we can arrange it.