Police: Syracuse man charged with 21 felonies in sex abuse of 11-year-old boy

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SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 30-year-old man is facing 21 felony counts in relation to sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy at his home in Syracuse. 

Court documents show Dustin Reid Hawkins was charged in 2nd District Court with seven first-degree felony counts of sodomy of a child, five first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and nine counts of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a child. 

Documents state the boy told police he was being abused by Hawkins and that it has happened on five or six different occasions.

The most recent assault took place a week ago when Hawkins was really drunk and they were playing tag and Hawkins told him to go to the downstairs bathroom, where he allegedly made the boy to pull down his pants and then sexually assaulted him.  

In an interview with police, Hawkins admitted to sexually abusing the boy on several occasions and the first incident of abuse happened just over a year ago at his home in Syracuse.

Hawkins told the boy not to tell anyone or he would go to prison.

Hawkins also admitted to taking photos of the boy. During a search of the man’s phone, investigators found eight photographs showing what appears to be an adult sexually abusing a young boy. 

The photos were in an album that indicated they were taken in Syracuse on April 6. 

Documents state Hawkins also admitted to the investigators he has viewed and downloaded child pornography regularly since 2012 and was interested in both young boys and girls.

A warrant was issued for Hawkins’ arrest as he is considered a danger to the community.

If convicted, Hawkins faces minimum mandatory sentences of 15 and 25 years to life for the various charges. 

Hawkins does not appear to have a criminal history in Utah except for a drug possession charge in 2011. 

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and needs help, call the Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-421-1100. 

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