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UPDATE: Man accused of acting as underwear researcher indicted

Ben Hawkins in court Friday morning Ben Hawkins in court Friday morning

CINCINNATI (FOX19) --

UPDATE: A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted Ben Hawkins.

Hawkins is accused of meeting with parents and young children alleging that he was conducting a marketing research study on children's underwear. He would then take the children to a separate area, ask them to remove their clothes, and inspect their underwear.

He was indicted on nine counts of importuning, seven counts of kidnapping, one count of gross sexual imposition and two counts of attempted gross sexual imposition.

The offenses allegedly took place from March 1 to July 25, 2008 with 11 minors ranging in age from 9 to 16 years old.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters believes there could be more victims out there.

Deters called Hawkins a predator who deserves to be locked up "for a very long time because he will continue to prey upon young children unless he is removed from the community."

Hawkins faces over 100 years in prison if convicted.

PREVIOUSLY:

A Springfield Township man is facing sex charges this afternoon because prosecutors say he was contacting parents and children posing as a market researcher on children's underwear.

Ben Hawkins, 44, was arraigned in Hamilton County on charges of Gross Sexual Imposition and Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition. 

Hawkins is accused of emailing and meeting with parents and young children alleging that he was conducting a marketing research study on children's underwear.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said, "It is crucial that the public report any contact with Hawkins.  Nothing is more important than protecting our children."

The prosecutors office is asking anyone who may have had contact with Hawkins or received email from his email accounts to contact the St. Bernard Police Department at 513-242-2727.

Nearly a decade ago Hawkins was convicted of taking nude pictures of juveniles.

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