Man Claiming To Be Underwear Researcher Charged With Molesting Children

A suburban Cincinnati, Ohio man has pleaded guilty to molesting children after telling their parents that he was an underwear market researcher.

Ben Hawkins pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine charges of importuning and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

Prosecutors in Hamilton County say Hawkins looked for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16. They say he arranged to meet parents and children at schools, hospitals or at their homes and told parents he needed to measure their children's underwear for research.

The 44-year-old from Springfield Township could receive a maximum of 44 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

An after-hours message seeking comment was left Thursday with Hawkins' lawyer.

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  • by ?? Location: Washington on Dec 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    this was sick. why would the parents even let him alone with there child. the parents can see what's he's doing and what were the parent thinking.
  • by Penny Location: NC on Dec 15, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    I wouldn't leave my son alone in the room with his doctor let alone some stranger off the street asking to see them in their underware.
  • by Dee Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    WHAT'S WRONG WITH THOSE PARENTS???? Are they idiots?? An intelligent person would have never fallen for that. They should bring up cgarges against the parents for child endangerment. They out their children in harms way!
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Dec 15, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Somebody fell for that?? Sounds like a bad pick up line that you would hear from a drunken bar patron!
  • by Norma Location: Washington,NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    WOLFGANG and all of you are right. Do these parents even have 1/2 a brain? This guy probably could sell these parents a ticket on the cruise ship Titanic.
  • by Bill Location: NC on Dec 14, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    This story brings another to mind. There was a guy once who claimed to be doctor and was giving free breast exams. He was a delivery driver for a parts place. People are sick these days.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    An underwear researcher? I wouldn't care if he flew in on a Fruit of the Loom jet, he still wouldn't get near my child. How stupid do you have to be to believe that crazy story.
  • by Allison Location: Washington on Dec 13, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    I blame the parents just as much as the person charged. Who in their right mind would allow an "underwear researcher" to be around their child, especially in this day & time?!?!
  • by hope Location: NC on Dec 13, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    I would have to agree with you on that one Blog.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Dec 13, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    Do these parents a even 1/2 a brain? He should have also told the parents he was a food tester. He could have gotten a Free Meal. This to sick to comment about. What happened to the Hangmans Tree.
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