Man Poses as Underwear Market Researcher, Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation Charges

A suburban Cincinnati man has pleaded guilty to molesting children after telling their parents that he was an underwear market researcher.

Ben Hawkins pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine charges of importuning and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

Prosecutors in Hamilton County say Hawkins looked for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16. They say he arranged to meet parents and children at schools, hospitals or at their homes and told parents he needed to measure their children's underwear for research.

The 44-year-old from Springfield Township could receive a maximum of 44 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

An after-hours message seeking comment was left Thursday with Hawkins' lawyer.