'Underwear Measurer' gets 44 years

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man who posed as an underwear measurer in order to be around young children was sentenced on Thursday.

Judge Robert Ruehlman handed down the expected sentence of 44 years on Ben Hawkins.

Hawkins struck a plea deal in December when he pled guilty to 12 of 19 counts of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the 44 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Hawkins met with children and their parents claiming he needed to take measurements of their underwear, then took the kids into another room, where he abused them.