A case out of Cincinnati, Ohio has many of us scratching our heads at the judgment of some parents. Ben Hawkins scammed parents into believing that he was a researcher who needed to measure the underwear of their children — alone. He was just arrested for sexual assault of the children.
Hawkins, 44, took out ads in a Cincinnati weekly alternative newspaper and sometimes responded to parents’ ads for in-home child care. He asked the parents to meet him in a public place, like a high school, and the stated that he needed to measure the underwear of their children in private — and then allegedly proceeded to molest them.
Police allege that, even when he was under investigation and cooperating with authorities, Hawkins continued to contact parents and children to continue the abuse. After bond was set at $150,000, his lawyer asked for home confinement because Hawkins needs special feeding conditions because, at 16, half of his intestines were removed due to an illness.
I am still stuck on the parents, however. All of us know that there are child molesters out there. I cannot imagine arranging this meeting, let alone sending one of my children off with a perfect stranger to have his or her underwear measured.
Hawkins was previously convicted of using minors for sexually explicit pictures in 1998 and asking a minor to pose for such pictures in 2004. However, he was not listed as a sex offender.
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