Rev. Hawkins now faces six counts of child sexual abuse. The charges state that he had sex with the child at his church Zion Plaza, a Holiday Inn, and in his Suburban at a park.
Hawkins took over the church after his brother, Neaco Padillow, was shot to death ten years ago in his car outside a Tulsa elementary school. Hawkins took over the ministry of Padillow’s Zion Fellowship Living Waters Church and then took ownership of the Zion Community Economic Development Corp.
In addition to Zion Fellowship Ministries, the shopping center contains Zion Child Care & Learning Center, which has been repeated cited for violations in the care of children from insufficient staff to no heating to unsecured areas.
Hawkins posted the $50,000 bond and was released within hours of his arrest.
Hawkins’ arrest comes just shortly after the arrest of another Oklahoma pastor and an associate on child pornography charges. Jerry Duane Barham, 66, and Melissa Renee Loman, 33 were charged with producing child porn. Barham is the pastor at Grace Fellowship New Testament Church in Shawnee.