A 2nd District judge sentenced a Kaysville man to prison for one to 15 years for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl last summer.
Paul E. Hawkins, 51, 165 N. Fourth West, Kaysville, was charged with rape of a child, a first-degree felony, in the Aug. 2 incident. He pleaded guilty to the reduced sexual abuse charge in a plea negotiation with the Davis County Attorney's office.The original charge carried a prison term of five years to life with a minimum mandatory term of five, 10, or 15 years. The reduced charge carries a one-to-15-year term.
Hawkins admitted to abusing the girl after taking her on a weekend fishing trip, according to court records.
Defense attorney Steve Vanderlinden said Hawkins admits he has a problem and asked Judge Douglas L Cornaby to put Hawkins in jail and allow him to continue to receive counseling rather than sending him to prison.
Hawkins also asked for supervised counseling and jail rather than prison, saying he wants to continue working to try and repay his victims and support his family.
But the judge declined, referring to an Adult Probation & Parole report which said Hawkins has a long history of sexual abuse and that he had passed up numerous opportunities to get help. The judge told Hawkins he lacks a normal social conscience and "society's not going to put up with it any more," ordering the prison term to begin immediately.