Ex-Webb City teacher pleads guilty to molestation of student

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WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Webb City Junior High School teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a child molestation case.

Nicholas A. Popejoy, 29, of Arma, Kansas, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree child molestation. A count of sexual contact with a student was dismissed.

Popejoy originally was charged with first-degree statutory sodomy. He will be sentenced March 1.

Popejoy was a science and math teacher, freshman boys basketball coach and coed track coach at Webb City Junior High School before he was fired in November 2019. He had been with the district six years.

Webb City Principal Angie Broaddus looks on as Nicholas A. Popejoy, 28, arrested at 807 West 1st in Webb City, where the alleged crime occurred. November 23, 2019.

Court records indicate Popejoy had inappropriately touched a male student under the age of 14 on school grounds.

The matter was reported to school administrators the same day, and police were contacted.

POPEJOY HAS BEEN ON BOND SINCE EARLY DECEMBER 2019. HERE HE IS RELEASED FROM THE JASPER COUNTY DETENTION CENTER IN DECEMBER 2019 AND HE WAS FITTED WITH AN ANKLE MONITOR. HE HAS BEEN RESIDING IN FRONTENAC, KANSAS, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS.

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