A 26-year-old Racine man who police say admitted to sexually assaulting a young boy and was in possession of child pornography remains in the Racine County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond.

Samuel Hawkins, of the 1600 block of West Lawn, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with the following:

  • Single felony count of 1st degree sexual assault of a child under 12
  • Single felony count of exposing a child to harmful material
  • Single felony count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime
  • Single felony count of child enticement
  • 10 felony counts of possession of child pornography

If convicted on all charges, Hawkins could face a life sentence because the maximum penalty for the charges together comes to 403-1/2 years in prison. Each count also carries a hefty fine, and the total maximum if the charges are added together comes to $1,210,000.

According to the criminal complaint, agents with the state Department of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a search warrant Feb. 7 on Hawkins’ home. Computers were found in Hawkins’ room in the basement of the home, and a search of the hard drive uncovered over 130 images and five videos featuring boys in sexual situations.

The search warrant was obtained after investigators discovered pornographic images of children were being shared on a peer-to-peer network “emanating from (the home),” the complaint reads.

During his interview with officers, they say Hawkins admitted to babysitting for an 11-year-old boy and touching him inappropriately on at least one occasion. He also told investigators that was the only incident and it didn’t go any further. Hawkins also reportedly told police he has not touched or assaulted any other children.

Should Hawkins post bail, he is prohibited from having any contact with any minors, including the alleged victim, and from using computers and the Internet. His next court appearance is a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26.

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