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Mansfield Man Convicted of Child Rape in Easton Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Paul Hawksley of Mansfield sentenced to life in prison after a case that originated in Easton.

The following is a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Sam Sutter announced Monday that Paul Hawksley, 43, of Mansfield, was convicted in Fall River Superior Court Monday of rape of a child with force, two counts of statutory rape of a child, and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. 

The incident ocurred in Easton.

Between 2003 and late 2004 Paul Hawksley volunteered as a Youth Leader at the Free Evangelical Church in Easton. During that time he was a small group leader of sixth grade boys during Youth Group.  It is here that he chose his victim, a young boy then aged eleven. 

Hawksley lured this young boy into a friendship, calling him frequently, buying him gifts and inviting him to his home.  On one occasion he took him to a Pawtucket Red Sox game then to his home in Mansfield, where he, forcefully, sexually assaulted the young boy. 

On another occasion he sexually assaulted the boy in a church bathroom in Easton.  The young boy did not disclose for some time, as is common in these cases.  With the support of his family, the boy began to disclose the sexual abuse. 

With the diligent work of Easton, Detective Sergeant John Lynn, the defendant was charged. The victim, now twenty years old, took the stand and testified.  Paul Hawksley was convicted of forcible rape of a child, two indictments for statutory rape of child and one charge on indecent assault and battery on a child under fourteen years of age.  

Superior Court Justice Thomas F. McGuire sentenced Paul Hawksley to life in prison on the rape of a child with force, 20 – 30 years concurrent on one of the statutory rapes, followed by ten years of probation, with many conditions to commence on and after the imposed sentence for the remaining two charges.  The case was prosecuted by 2nd Assistant District Attorney Silvia Rudman.

“There is no more despicable crime than the forcible rape of a child by an adult. And this defendant had committed this heinous crime before. Consequently, I am very pleased with the life sentence plus the concurrent sentence of 20 – 30 years in State Prison,” District Attorney Sutter said. “I congratulate Silvia Rudman for her outstanding advocacy and the entire prosecutor team for their diligent and successful work.”

Carol Houghton June 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM
It is a shame that our court system is not consistent with their sentencing. I know of a case where a man molested his own son for over three years whenever the mother was away at the store or working and threatened this child. Because the man plead guilty and did not go through a trial, he only got 10 years. This is disgusting.
cheryl Greene June 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Carol this wasn't his first time molesting a child. There for the harsh punishment. Are you disgusted over this sick mans act? You should be. He is sick and probably not rehabable . It is the worst crime a person can commit . The children of abuse carry it with them for the rest of their lives. Some victims can over come and lead healthy lives. Others will spend theirs lives tortured over the abuse.
Carol Houghton June 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Cheryl, I agree that this crime is disgusting. He should have gotten the life sentence. What bothers me is that there is no consistency in sentencing. The case I referred to happened at least once a week from the time this young man was 10 until he finally came forward at 14. The perpetrator had also molested others and had been since he was in his early 20's. The young man I referred to was heard to say when he heard of a harsher sentence at the time...."I guess it is better when you do it to your own kid". This is so wrong. These men are not able to be rehabilitated and when he finished his sentence, he was let out of jail after only 10 years to offend again. Something needs to be done to keep these predators away from young innocent children.
Elaine Dahlgren June 28, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I'm sure someone will end his life in prison!! Prisoners don't take kindly to child molesters!!
Mary Bagwell July 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Carol I agree with you when it comes to children and an adult sexually abusing them they should be locked up not given some time and then let out so they can victimize another child. The courts need to do a better job protecting our children!
Amanda Grant July 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
They won't get a chance to end his life. He will be put in a segregated unit and no one will have a chance to get to him. It is a shame because I feel he needs to be in gen population. He is a pig

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