Anderson man sentenced in child porn case

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJanuary 22, 2013 

LAWRENCEBURG — An Anderson County man who pleaded guilty in November to numerous counts of distribution and possession of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Mark Hawks, 56, of Lawrenceburg was eligible for probation, but Anderson Circuit Judge Charles Hickman overruled it and ordered Hawks into custody.

Hawks pleaded guilty Nov. 11 to nine counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 61 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Those counts were all in Anderson County.

Hawks also pleaded guilty to 40 more counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor in Shelby County, which is in the same judicial circuit as Anderson County.

The images were shared from a laptop computer that Hawks took to his home in Lawrenceburg and to his job in Shelby County.

Hawks must serve 20 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Witt Donnell said.

Public defender Scott Getsinger had no comment after the sentencing.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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