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Police: Accused pedophile kills self

1-9-2008 New York:

LEE – Prosecutors have dismissed sex charges against a 70-year-old town of Lee man following his apparent suicide in December, officials said.

William James Hawkins Sr. shot himself four days after he was charged with first-degree sodomy Dec. 14 stemming from allegations that he sexually abused a 10-year-old child in 2000, according to state police and investigators with the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.

Hawkins had returned to his Lee Valley Road residence after being released from jail that weekend on a $40,000 bond, police said. On Dec. 18, Hawkins’ wife left their residence for about 15 to 20 minutes, only to discover Hawkins’ body when she returned, police said.

Police said Hawkins left no suicide note.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said Hawkins’ case has since been “abated by death of the defendant.” ..more.. by ROCCO LaDUCA, Observer-Dispatch

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