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Clay County offender arrested in Wichita for relationship with girl, 15

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Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

A man serving eight years probation in Clay County for indecency with a child now faces two charges of sexual assault in Wichita County.

Hawkins

Jack Briar Hawkins, 20, of Wichita Falls, was arrested in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 21. He is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female.

Hawkins is being held in the Wichita County jail. Bonds have been set at $500,000 for each charge.

According to the Times Record News, a report was made to Child Protective Services in early March about a 15-year-old girl possibly involved in a sexual relationship with Hawkins. A CPS report stated that the girl’s mother knew about the relationship, but believed Hawkins was 18. She later discovered that he is 20 and a registered sex offender.

The girl was interviewed at Patsy’s House, a child advocacy center, during which she talked about sexual acts that occurred in Wichita Falls and Iowa Park.

Hawkins was later asked about the relationship during a non-custodial interview, when he told the interviewer that he had met the girl online through a social networking site. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Hawkins said he knew the girl was 15. He told investigators that he was in love and the two planned to marry once she turned the legal age.

April 19, 2010, Hawkins was indicted by a Clay County grand jury on two counts of indecency with a child. According to court records, Hawkins, then a student at Petrolia High School, touched a child under the age of 17 in an inappropriate manner on two occasions, once in December 2009 and again in January 2010. He was 17 when the offenses were committed.

Hawkins pled guilty to both charges May 3, receiving eight years community supervision.

At the time of his arrest in Wichita County, Hawkins was out on bond following an arrest by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for failing to register with local authorities a change in address, revoking his sentence of community supervision. Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons said Hawkins was arrested after it was discovered he no longer lived at the residence on record. Sheriff’s deputies went to the residence after Hawkins said he “didn’t have time” to register with the CCSO, said Lemons.

On March 14, a motion to proceed with adjudication of guilt was filed in the 97th District Court.

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