Bradenton rape suspect has criminal record in other states - WFLA News Channel 8

Bradenton rape suspect has criminal record in other states

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A bond hearing was held for Dominick Jerome Hawkins Thursday afternoon in Manatee county. He is accused of kidnapping and raping a 5-year-old girl on Monday.

Related story: 07/16/2013 Manatee deputies search for suspect who attacked 5-year-old

Hawkins has been charged with kidnapping and sexual battery. He waived his first appearance in front of a judge. Judge Peter Dubensky issued a bond of $2 million on the kidnapping charge, and no bond on the sexual battery charge.

Related story: 07/17/2013 Former neighbor arrested in Bradenton rape

The judge did not feel there was enough information in the probable cause affidavit to make a ruling at this time. He said it was too vague.

Hawkins has a prior criminal record in New Jersey, Colorado, and North Carolina. He's been arrested in the past on domestic battery and drug charges. Hawkins was released from a North Carolina prison in 2007 on two counts of first degree kidnapping.

Judge Dubensky will have another bond hearing for the sexual assault charge on Friday.

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