Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arraignment Date Set In Statutory Rape Case

A July 13th arraignment date has been set for a 20-year-old Cookeville man, indicted on charges of statutory rape. Officials say Danny J. Hawkins of 18th Street is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in March of this year. Under state law, statutory rape is defined as sex between two people when one of them is between age 13 and 18 and the other is at least four years older. Hawkins reportedly told police that he thought the girl was older than 15. He was arrested after evidence in the case was presented to the grand jury. Officials say he was taken into custody without incident at Northeast Elementary School, where he had been employed by the contractor who does janitorial work there.