There is disturbing new information about the case against a coach at Grosse Pointe South High School, and anyone with a child at this school is going to be stunned.
The Grosse Pointe South hockey coach fidgeted nervously as he was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. Next to 53-year-old Bob Bopp was the alleged accomplice, 19-year-old James McBee of Highland.
Cops say Bopp and McBee lured a 15-year-old Farmington Hills boy to Bopp's home in Taylor last July. They say Bopp plied the boy with alcohol and pornographic pictures, and then both men sexually assaulted him.
Law enforcement sources say this all came out after the 15-year-old victim overdosed on heroin. When police started questioning him about that, he eventually told them he had been sexually assaulted by the Grosse Pointe South hockey coach.
On Tuesday morning, Farmington Hills Police, Taylor Police and federal agents arrested Bopp and searched his home in Taylor. They found a huge stash of pictures and videos with kids involved in sex acts.
Now investigators fear there are more victims out there. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy issued the following statement: Because he has been a coach at Grosse Pointe South High School and involved in metro Detroit hockey for many years coming in contact with hundreds of high school aged boys, there is legitimate reason for concern. Please call your local police agency immediately if your child has been a victim of Robert Walter Bopp.
After Bopp's arraignment, the Grosse Pointe Schools sent a letter to hockey parents. They say the criminal charges do not appear to involve past or present students from the Grosse Pointe School System, and they say Bopp has no incidents in his personnel file.
Bob Bopp was the head coach at Grosse Pointe South for 16 years. He lead the team to a state championship in 2007. He was well regarded in coaching circles and by some hockey parents. However, others were troubled by Bopp's frequent use of vulgar language around kids and uneven treatment of players. He was also known to chat with players online and socialize with them outside the rink.
Bopp worked at the Ford Motor Company for 23 years. He was arrested Tuesday at Auto International in Flat Rock, an assembly plant operated by Ford and Mazda. A source says police feared Bopp could be armed, so they had a supervisor tell him his car had been hit in the parking lot. When Bopp got to the lot, the cops grabbed him.
Bopp's attorney asked the judge for personal bond, but the prosecutor was having none of it. He showed the judge some of the pictures found in the coach's home. The judge called Bopp a predator and ordered him jailed without bond.