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Tim Krupica pleads guilty to assault, has sentence suspended

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - A Montgomery County teacher accused of sexually abusing two girls at a Rockville elementary school pleaded guilty Monday, but won't spend any time in prison.

Krupica pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree assault. Photo: Montgomery County Police

Timothy Krupica, 31, who originally faced 11 counts of felony sex charges, ultimately pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree assault, a misdemeanor described as "unwanted touching" in the state of Maryland.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Richard Jordan sentenced the once decorated teacher to three years of supervised probation, with 12 years suspended. Under the conditions of his plea deal, Krupica is not allowed to teach any students under the age of 16.

In February, Krupica was arrested for groping four 11-year-old female students at Meadow Hall Elementary School, where he had taught since August 2009. The attacks, which all occurred between September 2012 and February 2013, took place in the 31-year-old's portable classroom - unattached from the main building.

Charging documents outlined one of the attacks, "Krupica ran his hand up her thigh to her buttocks. He then rubbed and squeezed her buttocks over her pants. On another instance, Krupica grabbed the victim's hand and forced her to touch his testicles over his pants."

Despite the shocking allegations and admittance of guilt, a throng of family, friends, MCPS teachers and parents sat-in on Monday's sentencing, in full support of the embattled teacher.

"In 30-some years of practicing law, I've never seen that kind of support for a person accused of a crime. It says that he's a fine young man," defense attorney Jeff Harding said of his client.

In court, though, the mothers of two victims addressed Judge Jordan. Wearing stern looks on their faces, one-by-one they chastised the once decorated teacher.

"My daughter couldn't sleep. She had nightmares and ultimately went to counseling," the mother read from a pre-typed statement. "He was grooming kids to see what he could get away with. This could have gone much further. He should never be around children again."

"Although part of me wanted a national trial, I'm glad my daughter won't have to re-live things," the second mother remarked while her husband, seated on a pew behind her, took long stress-filled breaths of air. "Deep down inside of him he shares a part he doesn't share with anyone else. May his punishment have a sting that will hurt him. As for my daughter, Mr. Kuprica will be a mere blip on the radar of her life."

"Their words were very heartfelt. It was a strong victim impact statement on behalf of both of those mothers. And your heart goes out to them," Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Ramon Korionoff said.

Following his sentencing, Krupica emerged from the courthouse clenching his mother's hand. A sea of supporters helped the former teacher dodge any and all questions from reporters.

"This case has scarred him for life. It's ruined his career and drained his savings. He currently lives with his parents. His intention is to get a job in a totally different environment than teaching," Harding, who says his client is currently living with his parents in West Virginia, said.

Multiple supporters told ABC7 Krupica was innocent; hinting that the plea deal was in his best interest. Had a jury found the 31-year-old guilty at trial, the sentencing consequences would have been much more severe. Krupica however did not open his mouth when asked by ABC7 about such an assertion.

"A well-liked teacher can muster the support of the community, but as the victim's families said today, they definitely felt their children had been assaulted. Guilty on four counts of second-degree assault. That holds Timothy Krupica accountable. He will never teach again," Korionoff concluded.

 

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