A witness came forward last October to authorities and described excessive bruises on Hawkins’ 12-year-old daughter’s back and buttocks area, according to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves. According the arrest warrant, the child suffered small abrasions on her buttocks, back, rear thigh, arms and hands. “The bruising was still apparent approximately 20 hours after the alleged incident,” the warrant states.
The warrant alleges that Hawkins “spanked” the child for making three “C’s” on her report card.
Hawkins taught fourth and fifth grade CDC (Comprehensive Development Classroom), or special education at College Street Elementary School at the time of the alleged incident. He is no longer with the school system.
Assistant district attorney Felicia Walkup, alleged in court that Hawkins spanked his daughter with a belt and showed pictures to the jury.
During closing arguments the attorney for Hawkins said the man did not intentionally abuse the girl and had a right to discipline his own child.
On Tuesday afternoon the jury came back with verdict of guilty of child abuse. Sentencing is set for Dec 18. Hawkins is facing a maximum of 11 months, 29 days in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
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