A former WRKO radio host, Reese Hopkins, was laid off just last week from his midmorning radio slot. Hopkins was held without bail, and will be taken to New York City to face child rape charges of a 12 year-old girl.
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Reese Hopkins, 39, is charged with one count of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree rape, of a child, that occurred four years ago.
Martin Speechley, a New York police Detective said the victim was 12 years-old at the time of the rape, and was visiting a friend’s apartment when Reese Hopkins raped her.
At the time, Reese Hopkins lived in the apartment with his girlfriend, who was the mother of the girl the alleged victim was visiting, Speechley said. The girl, who is now 16, told her mother about the incident this past summer, and her mother called police.
“We only became aware of it this year,” Speechley said.
First-degree rape is defined as when a person 18 years old or older having sexual intercourse with someone who is younger than 13 years old. Second-degree rape is defined as when a person 18 years or older has sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than 15 years old, Kushner said, citing New York law.
Julie Kahn, vice-president of Entercom New England, owner of WRKO-AM (680), said in a statement today: “We recently learned of the allegations regarding our former employee, Reese Hopkins, and obviously are troubled by them. As the matter is pending in court, however, we will have no further comment.”
Police arrested Reese Hopkins just last night.
Reese Hopkins was named as Edward Maurice Hopkins on the warrant, and pleaded not guilty today in Malden District Court on a fugitive from justice without warrant charge. Hopkins is waiving extradition, and his attorney said he will return to New York tomorrow.
Reese Hopkins denied the charges against him while he was being led into a Middlesex County Sheriff’s van.
“She charged me on Oct. 1 of 2004. I was living in Manchester, Conn. I couldn’t have been there,” he said, wearing shackles and appearing shaken and disheveled. “She was a former friend of my daughter.”
When asked how old the friend was, Hopkins said, “I don’t quite remember.”
Hopkins’ girlfriend, who declined to give her name, called the allegations a “vendetta.”
“He’s a warm, loving, good-natured person. It’s a false allegation,” said his girlfriend of seven years. She said Hopkins was arrested as the couple headed out to dinner.
Reese Hopkins’ attorney, Paul Mishkin, said the incident happened four years ago allegedly, and was just reported recently. “He hasn’t made any efforts to avoid prosecution,” Mishkin said.
Reese Hopkins did hold the 10-to-noon radio slot on WRKO, and was laid off last week along with eight others.
Hopkins, a conservative host, had been on WRKO, less than a year.
Reese Hopkins is negotiating with another radio station to remain in Boston and would not try to avoid prosecution.
Hopkins’ last radio job was with the “Star & Buc Wild Morning Show” on Power 105 in New York, where he was the lead news anchor and news director. But Hopkins left the show in October 2005.
Hopkins had once boasted on WRKO’s Web site that he had a degree from Fordham University, but officials at the New York Catholic college said they do not show anyone graduating with that name.
Hopkins said he graduated from Fordham under a different name for “legal reasons.” That sounds a bit strange doesn’t it?