Saturday, November 21, 2009

IL: School superintendent investigated before death

BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A newspaper has learned that Illinois State Police had been investigating sexual abuse allegations against Freeburg District 70 Superintendent Robin Hawkins in the weeks before Hawkins' apparent suicide.

State police reports obtained by the Belleville News-Democrat under the Freedom of Information Act showed agents interviewed Hawkins on April 13 and confiscated several computers.

In May, Hawkins' body was found in a 1964 Mustang convertible in a barn near Belleville. The cause of his death appeared to be suicide by carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

Reports showed at least five possible victims, including a minor who was interviewed by police the week after Hawkins' death.

In an interview with Illinois State Police, Hawkins denied sexual relationships with any student but admitted to having what he called inappropriate sexual conversations with some students.

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