A Burbank man remained in county jail Tuesday, charged with 16 counts
of lewd acts with a 17-year-old girl that a neighbor said was the
Chad Lee Hopper, 31, was arrested Aug. 12 on suspicion of engaging
in a variety of forcible sex acts with the girl, court officials
said. Police arrested him at his home in the 600 block of North
Fairview Street after the girl called to report the abuse, Sgt.
William Berry said.
Police could not confirm a neighbor’s report that the girl was
Hopper’s stepdaughter, but Berry said they did live in the same home.
The neighbor, who requested anonymity, said he believed the abuse
had been going on for up to 10 years. He said he called police
dispatchers about six years ago, and twice contacted child-service
officials to report the suspected abuse.
Berry, though, said Burbank Police have never been called to the
home before in response to reports of child abuse, adding that the
department has no record of a report being made to dispatchers. If
the California Department of Children and Family Services were
notified of any incidents, Berry said they would send a report to
police. Police have received no such reports, he said.
Berry said Hopper is suspected of committing the acts he is
charged with between April 1 and July 31 of this year, but the
investigation is ongoing.
As of late Tuesday, Hopper was being held on $750,000 bail. He is
scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 2.