Former Cooperstown gym teacher sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for child exploitation | #teacher | #children | #kids

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A former Cooperstown gym teacher has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison after admitting he persuaded teen girls to engage in sexual activity online while he watched via livestream.

Justin Hobbie, 42, of Springfield Center, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

According to the Department of Justice, Hobbie confessed to convincing three girls between the ages of 14 and 17 to participate in sexually explicit conduct while he watched online multiple times from 2015 – 2018. Hobbie also recorded the videos and images so he could view them again.

In addition to these crimes, Hobbie also admitted to collecting child pornography using file-sharing software, including videos showing the rape of toddlers, according to DOJ.

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy sentenced Hobbie to 200 months in prison, with 15 years of supervised release. Hobbie is also ordered to pay $9,999 in restitution, and register as a sex offender when he is released.


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