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October 11, 2005

Albany-- A Dougherty county teacher charged with having sex with a student at school will keep his job. After a long hearing, Dougherty County School Board members made that decision Monday night.

Family and friends congratulated 32-year-old Delvin Hawkins. Hawkins is now free to continue teaching at Monroe High School.

"He goes back to school. He's no longer suspended. He can go back to school tomorrow," says Maurice King, the defense attorney for Hawkins.

After intense questioning of final witness and investigator Craig Dodd, the school board voted unanimously to dismiss the allegations against Hawkins.

Attorney Maurice King says rightly so.  "I think basically they should have dismissed the case in opening statements. There was just too many problems with the case to go forward," says King.

Hawkins is accused of having sex with one of his 15-year-old students inside a classroom. King says there wasn't enough evidence to support the allegations; however, Flin Coleman, representing the school board, disagrees. "I was disappointed. I thought the wrong decision was made."

Coleman says he did his best to present the evidence. "I don't feel we should take a prosecutorial role in this, that we should advocate one way or another, only put the evidence forth, and see what happens," he says.

Hawkins' lawyer now hopes the outcome will make a difference in the criminal case. "I would hope that the district attorney would do what justice requires and dismiss those criminal charges," he says.

Hawkins still faces criminal charges of statutory rape and sexual assault of a person in custody.

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