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Ocean Springs man pleads guilty to 4 counts in child exploitation case

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PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — An Ocean Springs man has pleaded guilty to four counts of child exploitation for having images of children engaged in sex acts on computers at his father's home.

Court records show 27-year-old Francis Austyn Hawkins also pleaded guilty this month to additional charges of credit card fraud and receiving stolen property — a coin collection.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1i4Ol8i ) that Hawkins entered the plea before Circuit Judge Dale Harkey. Sentencing was set for May 23.

Ocean Springs police arrested Hawkins in January 2011 at a home in east Ocean Springs, where he lived with his father.


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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