Hawkins to spend three years in prison

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By Tom Wilmoth


(For the full story on Friday’s hearing see the June 5 edition of the Bulletin)


            A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue will spend three years in jail for relationships he had with two 17-year-old girls.

            Back in February Larry Scott Hawkins, 53, of Montvale pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer solicitation and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. He entered the pleas in connection with a case that dates back to more than a year ago involving two girls who were 17 years old at the time of the offenses.

            Hawkins received a 10-year sentence with seven years suspended. During the contested sentencing hearing he claimed multiple times that the victim connected to the computer solicitation charge never told him she was 17, but had rather indicated she was 18.

            That victim read a victim’s impact statement at the hearing.

            The investigation began in February 2018 after one of the victims reported that she had been touched inappropriately by Hawkins, who was 52 years old at the time, while at the Stewartsville Rescue Squad. According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Stickney there was a surveillance video of the incident.

            Stickney said that the victim had reported she was afraid of him and felt uncomfortable. At that point the Virginia State Police became involved with the investigation.

            The investigation led to an interview with the second 17-year-old victim. Stickney said Hawkins had met the girl at the Bedford County Fair in 2017 while working there as a paid paramedic for the county. According to Stickney’s summary of the evidence, Hawkins added the girl as a friend on Facebook which led to a series of extensive conversations between the two.

            In the Facebook conversations with the victim, Hawkins had solicited her for oral sex and sent her a photo of his genitals, Stickney said.

            After the investigation of the first girl, Hawkins and the second victim were still communicating and Stickney said Hawkins told the girl to delete the Facebook messages.

            As part of the plea agreement, five other felony charges were dropped.    Hawkins has a felony conviction of abduction from 1985.