Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Judge denies bond reduction for former Webb City teacher charged with statutory sodomy
Popejoy, 28, Arma, Kansas, pleaded not guilty and told Nicholas he intended to apply for a public defender. A bond hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. December 4 at the Jasper County Courthouse in Joplin before Judge Joseph Hensley.
A probable cause statement filed in Jasper County Circuit Court alleges Popejoy, who was in his sixth year in teaching in the R-7 School District, touched a boy's testicles under his clothing November 15 at the school.
He was placed on leave that day, resigned the following Monday and was arrested Friday when he returned to the school to pick up his belongings.