Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

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January 8, 2014

Hoskins gets 10 years for felony indecency

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“I feel that the (District Attorney) Mike Burns used character witnesses to vilify Tim,” he said. “If Tim was a vicious predator, why did it take five years for the District Attorney to get a resolution?

“If he was so bad, why would you allow someone that you would assume is a predator (to be) loose on society? In a sense, Mike Burns is just as guilty, himself.”

Burns, however, told the Index that he was “quite satisfied with the judge’s deliberation and his sentence.” He added that by not telling the Crutsinger boys “no” when they asked to shower with him, Hoskins neglected his responsibility as an adult and needed to face the consequences.

“Obviously, conduct of this nature is never okay when it involves a child,” he said. “We as adults have a responsibility – even if it’s not our own child – to ensure the safety of that child.

“To engage in behavior that exploits and takes advantage sexually of a child is not only against the law, but it’s just plain wrong.

“We abrogate our responsibility as adults when we victimize an innocent child.

“I hope that those who have a propensity toward victimizing children understand that my office will vigorously prosecute people who commit these crimes.”

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