Army Recruiter Charged With Child Porn

Jan 9, 2010 Full story: WESH 72

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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Wow

United States

#65 Mar 20, 2010
All of the comments on here have gotten extremely out of control and outrageous. And funny how the deland recruiting office has been open seating for the last 3 years. All of you people need to get a life and stop trying to bring down a truly good person at heart.
sister Patty

Nashua, NH

#66 Apr 18, 2010
Hey Rick, it's your sister Patty. Call, what's going on?
Wow

Brooklyn, NY

#67 Apr 23, 2010
Hey patty. I'm a friend of ricks. He asked me to ask you to write your email address and I'll send you his address so you can write to him.
friend realist

Port Orange, FL

#68 May 9, 2010
To "concerned" in Lady Lake, FL, we all know that you are just another naive person that is still listening and believing the stuff that Rick continues to tell you. I have known Rick for a very long time, probably longer than most of the people writing on this blog. I consider him a friend, but I accept him for who and what he is, and that is a compulsive liar/manipulator. There are A list actors and B list actors, Rick would be our David Hasselhoff listed under the B list actors. If you have been ignorant enough to fall for his lies and alligator tears, then you deserve whatever you have gotten. Rick has a problem with women, sleeping with them, lying to them, manipulating and using them for whatever he can get out of them, whether that be emotional support, sex, money, whatever. I think he has been living so many lies for so long, that he can't differentiate between his own fantasy world, and reality. Most of the women he has been involved with physically would most likely be listed in the yearbook's "least likely to get laid" section. It is like he has no standards, mainly just that they have a pulse and a vagina. And considering his current situation, I'm not even sure if that's a requirement. I will continue to be Rick's friend, regardless of his actions, but I do feel as if he needs help with the way he preys on women. I don't think he would ever actually harm a child under the age of 15, but even then that's still pretty disturbing. I, also feel as if a copy of the police report should be listed above. How many of you have actually read the actual police report? I think Rick is an extremely selfish, self-centered person with no regards to anyone but himself. I really feel for his son, his ex-wife, friends, and family. I hope that children who understand the situation, do not damage his son for years to come. God has a reason for this that we may not see, the only thing we will see is if this has any effect on Rick and his actions when judgement day comes. I do not think prison is the place for Rick, although a lot of the women he has victimized would like to see him go there, but the people in prison will see right through him unlike so many of you who have been blinded by an underrated con man. Rick does need help for his problem, which there are many, mostly being a womanizer. And once again, prison is not that place. I think prison will deflate his ego. And to the "concerned" from Lady Lake, who probably reads these to him every night, please tell him to remove all the masks that he wears and to keep his mouth shut and stick to himself. He is not going to fool anyone in there. And his con artist ways will more than likely get him stabbed in prison. At this point, he doesn't even really know who he is and now he has time to do some serious soul-searching. And may the real Rick be released. Him, his son, and those affected by this situation will be in my prayers.
Think_again

United States

#69 Jun 12, 2010
I have it on good authority that the files were "automatically" downloaded, but never opened. He had adult housemates who had access to his computer. Another possibility is a computer virus that was sent to him by a vindictive person.
Suggestion, be careful who has access to your computer and never open an email that you don't recognize or this could happen to you!
Because he was a recruiter it became a hot story, but lets wait until the all facts are in prior to rushing to judgment.
curious

United States

#70 Jul 17, 2010
Is he still in jail? Does anyone have details of a court date or anything?
Think_again

United States

#71 Jul 31, 2010
With friends like you...etc. etc.
friend realist wrote:
To "concerned" in Lady Lake, FL, we all know that you are just another naive person that is still listening and believing the stuff that Rick continues to tell you. I have known Rick for a very long time, probably longer than most of the people writing on this blog. I consider him a friend, but I accept him for who and what he is, and that is a compulsive liar/manipulator. There are A list actors and B list actors, Rick would be our David Hasselhoff listed under the B list actors. If you have been ignorant enough to fall for his lies and alligator tears, then you deserve whatever you have gotten. Rick has a problem with women, sleeping with them, lying to them, manipulating and using them for whatever he can get out of them, whether that be emotional support, sex, money, whatever. I think he has been living so many lies for so long, that he can't differentiate between his own fantasy world, and reality. Most of the women he has been involved with physically would most likely be listed in the yearbook's "least likely to get laid" section. It is like he has no standards, mainly just that they have a pulse and a vagina. And considering his current situation, I'm not even sure if that's a requirement. I will continue to be Rick's friend, regardless of his actions, but I do feel as if he needs help with the way he preys on women. I don't think he would ever actually harm a child under the age of 15, but even then that's still pretty disturbing. I, also feel as if a copy of the police report should be listed above. How many of you have actually read the actual police report? I think Rick is an extremely selfish, self-centered person with no regards to anyone but himself. I really feel for his son, his ex-wife, friends, and family. I hope that children who understand the situation, do not damage his son for years to come. God has a reason for this that we may not see, the only thing we will see is if this has any effect on Rick and his actions when judgement day comes. I do not think prison is the place for Rick, although a lot of the women he has victimized would like to see him go there, but the people in prison will see right through him unlike so many of you who have been blinded by an underrated con man. Rick does need help for his problem, which there are many, mostly being a womanizer. And once again, prison is not that place. I think prison will deflate his ego. And to the "concerned" from Lady Lake, who probably reads these to him every night, please tell him to remove all the masks that he wears and to keep his mouth shut and stick to himself. He is not going to fool anyone in there. And his con artist ways will more than likely get him stabbed in prison. At this point, he doesn't even really know who he is and now he has time to do some serious soul-searching. And may the real Rick be released. Him, his son, and those affected by this situation will be in my prayers.
You are concerned

San Francisco, CA

#72 Oct 4, 2010
Richard Hopkins is sick. He corrupts ONCE INNOCENT young girls, and then leaves them emotionally scattered. If you are really "friends" then I'm sure he has confided in you, and you DO know how many girls 18 years old and BELOW he was having sexual relations with. Innocent people. It's a shame that all the statutory rape didn't surface when his child pornography did. Being affiliated with a guy like this, and trying to pass him off as not guilty is even more baffling. Does this make you any better than him?
Fortunately, I never had to see his face. Unfortunately, I will hear his name for the rest of my life. I will continue to pick up the pieces this ass hole left behind.
He's a sick son of a bitch. Not to mention what he represents the military as. This country. I hope he never sees his son again. The child is so much better off.
Friend

Kissimmee, FL

#73 Nov 29, 2010
If anyone knows how i can get ahold of rick let me know. I have no way of reaching him and i would like to talk to him. Thank you...
Cheyenne

Deland, FL

#74 Mar 23, 2011
I known richard for a couple of years and when i read what had happened i was astonished,and fathemed at how ignorant people can be....for one i want to know how anyone knew that was on his computer? i mean come on they got a tip that it was on one of his computers in his home...how do they know the person who ratted on him is not the one who put it there huh?! i belive he is innocent!!!i was defending him alot when it first happened but i lost internet connection so i could'ent do it as much so to those who have been protecting him to your best thank you! any friend of his is a friend of mine!
and plz if you know how to reach him please get in contact with me i miss him and would like to speak to him! thanks!
ninjabitchforever@yahoo.com
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.
Rick ur better than this

United States

#75 Mar 29, 2011
I just wanted to proudly say that I have worked with rick overseas; He is one of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met. i hope for his sake and his sonís sake the charges will be dismissed and the truth shall prevail. For those who are pointing fingers at him, there are three fingers pointing at you. CONCERNED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN HELP! Plz tell him that my thoughts and prayers are with him. Maria, Camp victory
Michelle

Bainbridge, GA

#76 Jun 26, 2011
Would love to know any updates about Rick. I have been trying to find ways to contact him. I would love to write him and hear back from him so if anyone has a address they can share I would appreciate it.

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