In Texas, 'evil' pastor's wife gets five life sentences

In Texas, 'evil' pastor's wife gets five life sentences October 23, 2016

Misty Rae Hopkins, above, the widow of a Burnet pastor, has been sentenced to five life terms and four 20-year terms after she was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and indecency.
According to this report, prosecutors say she and her late husband confined and sexually abused their children over a period of seven years.
Assistant District Attorney Stacy Burke called Hopkins:

A truly evil person who tortured her children.

Hopkins, 49, and her late husband, John Hopkins, lived in Burnet where John Hopkins was the pastor of a church when the offences occurred.
The offences, committed from 1999 through 2005 in Burnet County, involved “numerous acts of sexual abuse” that she and her husband committed individually and in tandem.
When the oldest victim was 14, the family moved to Blanco County and later to Llano County.
The abuse started when the oldest child was seven and continued until she was 21 and was able to leave home with her younger siblings, once they were 17 or older, authorities said.
District Attorney Sonny McAfee said in the press release:

The evidence further showed that Hopkins and her husband kept the children out of school and even isolated them from other family members.

Jurors deliberated for only about an hour before finding Hopkins guilty on all counts. McAfee said:

During the punishment phase of the trial, the four children testified about the impact the years of silence, manipulation, and hiding had on them.

Jurors returned the maximum sentences and maximum fines on all counts.
McAfee added:

Once more, a Burnet County jury has demonstrated that the people of our district have no tolerance for the abuse of children whether it occurs today or occurred a decade ago. The citizens on this jury did a tremendous job.

Information about the incidents didn’t surface until 2014 when the victim reported the abuse to another law enforcement agency, which forwarded the information to authorities in Burnet, McAfee said.
John Hopkins had died by then.
Meanwhile  it is reported here that a Miami-area youth pastor has been arrested and charged with coercing teenage boys into prostitution.
Ron Cooper, 52, right, used his leadership position in the church to manipulate and lure young boys into having sex with other men.cooper

Using the promise of super-stardom and a modeling career, Cooper initially told the victims that they were going to meet a photographer, but they were actually meeting other men who would pay to have sex with them.
The young victims, who were given Viagra, Xanax and alcohol before being forced to have sex, claimed that they were afraid of Cooper, who threatened to kill them, harm their families, blackmail them with the promise that he would release nude photos of them, and even raped and sexually assaulted them as well.
Placing ads on Backpage and Craigslist, Cooper would make the boys prostitute themselves at cheap motels and an adult bookstore. The boys would only receive $40 to $100 for each sex act and Cooper would often take half of their money.
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  • A certain amount of child sacrifice appears acceptable to most people, because decade after decade parents keep entrusting their children to clergy in spite of knowing the risks. “It probably won’t happen to my children” seems to be the logic. And when it does, “I had no idea” is the excuse. But parents, you must know by now. As surely as you know the health risks of smoking, you must know.

  • Misty Rae? That name sounds like it belongs to a piece of demented trailer-trash. Looking like Top Dog from Prisoner Cell-Block H, the cow will almost certainly enjoy being banged up in the clink.

  • Five life terms and four twenty year terms? How utterly harsh. If her dreadful crimes had been committed in the UK, she’d merely have received an ASBO or two.

  • Newspaniard

    What is shocking is the statement, “The abuse started when the oldest child was seven and continued until she was 21 and was able to leave home with her younger siblings, once they were 17 or older, authorities said.” That almost reads that the authorities would not allow the children to leave home until they had adult status, or am I reading too much in the small print?

  • Daz

    Newspaniard
    Possibly she just didn’t know how much support she might get, so waited for them to come of an age when there’d be no possibility of the law coming down against her—which not only might lead to an increase in the abuse, but would make her story that much more readily dismissed if she managed to try again.
    Abuse victims can go through a wild variety of emotions and plans. They can often spend ages locked into an impossible attempt to anticipate every possible bad scenario, because a failed attempt to get away might well lead to the abuse getting worse. And much of their thought processes are just plain impossible to describe.

  • Judy Jones

    Let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by John Hopkins and Misty Rae Hopkins and or Ron Cooper will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened. Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
    Judy Jones, 636-433-2511. SNAPjudy@gmail.com
    SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)