Army Recruiter Charged With Child Porn

Army Recruiter Charged With Child Porn

There are 72 comments on the WESH story from Jan 9, 2010, titled Army Recruiter Charged With Child Porn. In it, WESH reports that:

A local army recruiter in Lake County is in jail on child pornography charges. Deputies arrested Richard Hopkins Thursday at his home in Sorrento.

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concerned

Lady Lake, FL

#1 Jan 9, 2010
Richard Hopkins is a personal friend and I have known him for many years and from what I understand he is caught up in an unfortunate situation. I have NO doubts that Rick would ever harm a child or be involved knowingly in this type of activity. He is a great friend and anyone who knows him will tell you he is a gentle soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and we ask that everyone pray that the truth comes out. We also ask that you pray for his safety and well being at this time.
Ex-friend of Sgt Hopkins

Lake Mary, FL

#2 Jan 13, 2010
I too know Richard Hopkins and am NOT surprised by the charges against him. The more I got to know Rick, the more his lies unfolded. He is a liar and manipulator and you can ask several people who know him, male or female, and they will tell you the same. He has been known to have "relations" on more than one occasion with females under the age of 18, so this does not surprise me. I hope he did not in fact have "child porn" on his computer, only based on the soul fact that he is an army recruiter and has contact on many occasions with children, but just be aware that this man is a great liar and you should stay away from him. If the charges against him are found to be true, I hope he gets the harshest punishment.
Ex-Friend of Rick Hopkins

Converse, TX

#3 Jan 16, 2010
From the first time that I was introduced to Rick (Richard)Hopkins I had a sick feeling in my stomach. He has been known to minipulate, lie and stalk his way through several peoples lives. I was smart enough to distance myself quickly after his bizare behavior. My main concern is for the well being of his son and any of the other children that he was around. If found guilty I hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest degree. SICK!!! I'm sure that there is more to this story that hasn't been made public as of yet.What disgrace to the US Army!!
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#4 Jan 19, 2010
To all of you who think that Rick is such a horrible person I can only imagine that you are each one of his ex girlfriends. If this is your sick and twisted way of getting back at him you will be judged yourself one day and I can tell you: Judge ye not lest you be Judged..... Rick is a great guy and the truth will eventually come out...Whatever the outcome if you were ever any kind of friend to him then you are not much of a friend at all. He will be made aware of all of your comments as I am sure he will probably know who you are. Good Luck to each of you because your judgment will come one day too.....May God Bless you because YOU need it too!
georgia girl

Little Rock, AR

#5 Jan 19, 2010
I met Rick a few years back and I can honestly say these charges are far from the truth. The time I spent with him will never be forgotten. He was always very nice and a joy to be around. Im interested in helping him if anyone knows how im able to reach him please let me know. I had his address at the jail but misplaced it.
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#6 Jan 20, 2010
georgia girl wrote:
I met Rick a few years back and I can honestly say these charges are far from the truth. The time I spent with him will never be forgotten. He was always very nice and a joy to be around. Im interested in helping him if anyone knows how im able to reach him please let me know. I had his address at the jail but misplaced it.
I know how to reach him and I am handling his affairs while he is away. I do not wish to publicize the info that I have for him over this site so if there is a way I can reach you I will be happy to contact you personally. I know what he needs and I speak with him every day at least twice a day......Thanks for believing because I believe in him too and I know that this is just trumped up crap........
Mellisa

AOL

#7 Jan 20, 2010
Concerned wrote:
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I know how to reach him and I am handling his affairs while he is away. I do not wish to publicize the info that I have for him over this site so if there is a way I can reach you I will be happy to contact you personally. I know what he needs and I speak with him every day at least twice a day......Thanks for believing because I believe in him too and I know that this is just trumped up crap........
This is his sister from Ohio Please let him know I am thinking about him and if you could give me his address i would love to write to him . Iam behind him 120%
Mellisa in Ohio

AOL

#8 Jan 20, 2010
Wow I am very shocked ! Rick is my brother i have never met him but have had alot of conversations with him in the past emailing and phone conversations and iam a mother of 5 children and i would fully trust him with my family from just that alone . Please remember NObody here fully knows the truth and this is going to be big NEWS why cause he is a Recruiter ? Everyone is always out to ruin someones life that is really sad . I have faith he will be free from the charges .If someone here can reach my brother please tell him his sister Mellisa is praying for him and im behind him 120%
sara

United States

#9 Jan 20, 2010
i to know rick him and i dated for almost 2 years. at 1st he was a very trusting man, but then he had nothing but lie after lie. he lied so badly to me that behind my back went and slept with one of my good friends. i always wondered why a 36 year old wold want to date an 18 yr old. he is a liar a cheater and i am glad to see him paying for the things that he has done.
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#10 Jan 21, 2010
Mellisa in Ohio wrote:
Wow I am very shocked ! Rick is my brother i have never met him but have had alot of conversations with him in the past emailing and phone conversations and iam a mother of 5 children and i would fully trust him with my family from just that alone . Please remember NObody here fully knows the truth and this is going to be big NEWS why cause he is a Recruiter ? Everyone is always out to ruin someones life that is really sad . I have faith he will be free from the charges .If someone here can reach my brother please tell him his sister Mellisa is praying for him and im behind him 120%
Dear Mellisa:

I will be seeing him today as I am his roommate and he is well and we hope to have him home in the next week or so. I agree with you and there is NO way he would ever do something like this and I have found that there are alot of other people in this area being charged with the same thing so I think there is some kind of conspiracy going on. I love Rick with all my heart and he is my best friend and I will NEVER turn my back on him for any reason. I will DEFINITELY tell him I found this and he will be so excited. I would love to find a way for him to speak with you but Mellisa I will definitely let him know I saw this and he will be ecstatic. Thank you so much for responding to this.
Mellisa in Ohio

AOL

#11 Jan 21, 2010
Concerned wrote:
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Dear Mellisa:
I will be seeing him today as I am his roommate and he is well and we hope to have him home in the next week or so. I agree with you and there is NO way he would ever do something like this and I have found that there are alot of other people in this area being charged with the same thing so I think there is some kind of conspiracy going on. I love Rick with all my heart and he is my best friend and I will NEVER turn my back on him for any reason. I will DEFINITELY tell him I found this and he will be so excited. I would love to find a way for him to speak with you but Mellisa I will definitely let him know I saw this and he will be ecstatic. Thank you so much for responding to this.
Hi thanks so much for getting this to him thats awsome . Yes i too agree there is probably something more going on and they are pointing the finger at the wrong person ... here is my email addy get ahold of me and i will give you my contact info i just need to know this is really you there are alot of weirdos out there and here as well lol Tell him my thoughts and prayers are with him and i love him .. [email protected]
thanks for all your help !!
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#12 Jan 21, 2010
Mellisa-
Please re-enter the email address as it says that there is no such address when I try to email you.
Ex-friend of Sgt Hopkins

Lake Mary, FL

#13 Jan 21, 2010
In your response to your response "concerned" I am in fact NOT an ex-girlfriend, just someone who trusted this man and at one time stood behind him 100% until i found out what and who he really is. I didn't say anything on here that i would not say to his face. The fact of the matter is, it can be PROVEN that this man has had sexual relationships with more than one minor, one of which he was trying to "recruit" into the Us Army. Im not judging him, i was stating facts. I said nothing i should/will feel guilty for and all i can say is he is lucky to have people like you in his life that will stick up for him. I can't say for sure that he is guilty of these charges, what i did say is that i wouldn't be surprised. When the sherrifs department siezes your computer and you are "charged" with 25 counts of child pornography, you most likely have it on your computer.....
Like i said, for the sake of his son, his most likely horribly embarrassed wife, and other children he has come in contact with, i hope these charges are proven to be false. Innocent until proven guilty, everyone desreves a trial, but that doesn't change my opnion of this man.
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#14 Jan 21, 2010
In response to "ex-friend"'s comment, he is lucky to have friends like us and I do know his wife and child and I have children as well and I can GUARANTEE that he is not what you make him out to be.
The best thing you can do is pray for yourself and him as he is not what you choose to want to think.,
Who he has dated has nothing to do with anything and that part of his life has changed as well over the last few months. As for the computers every computer in that house was seized and 4 of them were not even his so I don't think you really know any of the facts which I am very very familiar with due to the fact I was with him that day and the day they said it happened and NO I am not a girlfriend either.....But I do believe in INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY and its sounds as if you are more into the GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT.

I will stand by him 150%+ and no one will change that. Good luck to you because you need it as much as he needs prayer and REAL FRIENDS.
Another Ex-friend

Kissimmee, FL

#15 Jan 21, 2010
I know you might have been his roommate at the time of his arrest, but there are many of us out here that have known him much longer than you have...I know when he moved to Sorrento. He definitely comes off as gentile and a victim and having a rough life, also as a very intelligent and friendly man, but there are many hidden layers to Rick. If you are in his life long enough, you'll see the lies and the betrayal too.(And no, not a girlfriend!) I wanted to see and believe the best in him for a long time and gave him the benfit of the doubt too many times. It's just really sad when a guy who could have so much going for him squanders his life away and makes so many poor decisions. I know I'm not the only one out there who honestly tried to help him. I pray for him every day, but more for his wife and son now that his transgressions have been made so very public. I wish I could believe that it was a mistake or "he didn't know what he was downloading", but Rick is way too smart to not know what he was getting into...he just repeatedly makes stupid decisions. It's hard to watch smart people do that!
What a Creep

Orlando, FL

#16 Jan 23, 2010
When i was 15 or 16, rick was hanging out, flirting, texting, calling me and my girl friends. I was too young at the time to think anything of it (i was a young, dumb, teenage girl). Its now 8 years later, and reading this i am not shocked in the least. He was a perverted creep back then, and probably still is now. The only person who is being treated unfair in this situation is his son.
concerned

AOL

#17 Jan 23, 2010
I am shocked at all the negitive talk here . You all state that he was a FLIRT hmmm Very harmless You also stated he flirted with you while recruiting you well tell me don't you have to be atleast the age of 18 to be recruited ???? So when you can say something that he has done that was lets say out of line and your NOT an ex girlfriend or just a girl he didn't want to have a fulltime relationship with Zip it take a look into your own world and stop trying to ruin this man !
If he was such a horrible person they why didn't you report him common i find those stories hard to beleive if you never REPORTED him ....
Friend

Winter Garden, FL

#18 Jan 24, 2010
I too, agree that just because something is "news-worthy", does not in fact mean a person MUST be guilty. Rick was my recruiter and I loved it. He was a no-holds-bar guy. What you saw was what you got. Can't find too many recruiters that are like that.I got arrested, while going through the recruiting process and the first person I called was Rick.He was there in FIVE minutes! Later my charges were dropped.I am so sorry that this has happened to him. Our justice system is so currupt that even innocent people have to worry about thier lives being ruined.The reality is,that taking a case to trial and leaving the decision up to a jury is so risky that people would rather plea out than throw the dice.THIS is the reason! People are too quick to judge people when thier allegations include the word "sex".If your own "friends" would turn thier back on you how do you suppose a jury is going sway? He doesn't need people like you at a time like this anyway.You really ought to find something more constructive to do with your idle time.A true friend is an unconditional one.Unconditional means NO MATTER WHAT. NO MATTER WHAT means NO deal breakers included! So guilty or not,it doesn't matter to me.Rick is a remarkable man, who has served his country and loved ones loyally, humbley and unconditionally.He deserves the same in return.
Concerned

The Villages, FL

#19 Jan 24, 2010
Thank you to friend in deltona and to concerned at aol. You are true friends and I agree with everything you are saying. There is NO one out there who can say they NEVER did anything wrong in their lives and I can tell you that Rick did not do this willingly or intentionally.
To all of you who stand behind him.....THANK YOU SO MUCH....His family and REAL friends truly appreciate the fact that you are standing up and coming forward with your responses.
Our prayers are with Rick as we know this is a very trying time for him and his family.....
KEEP PRAYING FOLKS AND LORD WILLING HE WILL BE HOME SOON AND PRAY FOR OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM AS THEY NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET AS WELL........
concerned

AOL

#20 Jan 24, 2010
about time real people come forward and say the truth about Rick he is a good guy who tries to do the right thing by himself and family and friends . In the end people you two will be judged so watch yourself and try to live by the lord and do things right . It truely pays off ..
God bless Rick and his family . I hope he adventuly gets cleard of all charges and to those people that are trying to trash him may lord be with you .

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