An Ararat man was arrested for multiple acts of sexual assault against a minor, according to Patrick County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Austin.
Justin Sinclair Hawks, 31, of The Hollow Road, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor, object sexual penetration of a minor, and production of child pornography, according to a release from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.
Austin said that the investigation allegedly revealed disturbing evidence that led to Hawks’ arrest, and much work remains to be done as the investigation continues.
“We knew that we had to act swiftly to get this predator behind bars, and we did,” Austin said, and additional charges may be expected as the investigation continues.
Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said the charges were based on “strong and compelling” evidence.
Hawks is being held without bond.
Investigator Tennille Jessup is leading the investigation and can be contacted confidentially at (276) 692-5885 if anyone has information related to this case or any other case involving child sexual assault.