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Hawthorne man charged with raping 7-year-old

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

HAWTHORNE, Fla. – Jason Michael Hicks, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with five counts of sexual battery on a victim under 12 (all capital felonies), one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition with a victim under 12, and one count of tampering with a witness.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded yesterday to a residence in Hawthorne following a call about a suicidal subject, later identified as Hicks. While deputies were trying to gather information, Hicks reportedly told them to ask a family member, held out his hands, and told them to take him to jail.

Deputies then learned that a child had allegedly been raped by Hicks when she was seven years old. At the time, her caregiver was in the hospital and Hicks was caring for the child. Hicks allegedly had the child sleep in his bed during that time period and sexually battered the child; the victim reportedly also described several other times when Hicks sexually battered her. The victim reportedly said Hicks told her not to tell anyone or he would “beat her butt.”

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Bury this scum bag.. he should never see the light of day again 😔.. put pedophiles in general pop.. so they can really see how sausage is made..

  • i cannot wrap my ahead of such evil! probably will be legal in California in a few years with Alachua co. not far behind.

  • Sure, it is a capital offense on the books, but when has Fla. Last convicted someone for a death sentence for this crome? Children do not make great witnesses & they are not wanted to have to face their accused in public. This is why such vulnerable victims are preyed upon. Hope he gets justice inside the big house.

    • Florida death penalty requires murder with at least one aggravating factor. Thankfully he did not kill this victim. Who knows if there are more victims out there. Hopefully his life now becomes one of a horror and pain – and lengthy!

  • Thankful he will be introduced to his big mean boyfriend(s) soon. More thankful he did not kill her. Praying there are no more victims out there.

  • So sicking poor child has do deal with the trauma for the rest of her life he has took her her innocence my heart hurts for this child he needs to be castrated and spend the rest of his life in jail and that is still not enough punishment for someone so sick and disgusting.

  • The state will probably end up paying for a heart transplant or quadruple bypass surgery. He knows he’s fat and ugly. Did he really think a child would go along with something like that if an adult woman wouldn’t?

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