Defendant charged with 12 felony counts in child pornography case changes plea

During a pre-trial docket held Thursday in Pottawatomie County District Court, a Shawnee man charged with 12 felony counts in connection with a child pornography case changed his plea.

David D. Shoopman, 29, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with six counts of manufacturing child pornography, five counts of sexual abuse to a child under age 12 and one count of possession of child pornography.

The filed charges allege the offenses occurred on or between Jan. 8, 2014 and Jan. 10, 2017.

David Shoopman appeared before District Judge John Canavan and changed his plea to guilty. The case is now set for a hearing on March 2; he remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.

In a related case, Danielle N. Shoopman, 28, appeared in court Thursday on two counts of enabling child sexual abuse. She has pleaded not guilty and her case has been continued until the felony docket on Feb. 27.


Former Tecumseh teacher's assistant in court for biochemical assault charge

A Tecumseh woman charged with felony biochemical assault in connection with a hazardous materials incident at a Tecumseh school in 2016 appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court Thursday.

Lori Heffley, 39, a former teacher assistant at Tecumseh Schools, is charged with the single count. An odor incident at Krouch Early Childhood Center involving a product known as Bee Go prompted the investigation and charge last year.

She has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to return to court in February.

Watch for updates.