Rawson Sentenced On Child Endangerment Charge

Eric Mitchell Rawson

Eric Mitchell Rawson appeared before 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt this week to be sentenced on a child endangerment charge, marking the second time convicted of the offense, according to court and jail records.

Rawson, in a trial before the court, plead guilty on Nov. 26 to child endangerment. He again appeared before Northcutt this week to be sentenced on the child endangerment charge, which carries a punishment range of 6 months to 2 years in the state jail.

The offense Rawson plead guilty to was alleged to have occurred on Jan. 17. He was arrested on a warrant for the charge on Friday, Jan. 18; he remained in the county jail until his release on March 5, according to arrest and jail reports. He was also convicted on a 2014 child endangerment charge, according to jail and court reports. Both charges stemmed from a child testing positive for drugs, according to Assistant District Attorney Jodi Cox.

The judge gave Rawson two choices. He could serve the the maximum sentence of 2 years in state jail or he could serve a 2-year state jail sentence probated for 5 years straight probation. He chose the probated sentence, according to Cox.

However, Rawson will still be required to serve 90 days in the Hopkins County jail as a condition of probation and, once he serves that time, he must successfully complete the 6 month Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Program and aftercare. Once he is released from SAFP program, he will then finish the rest of his 5 year probation sentence, Cox explained.

“I felt strongly about this case because this was the second time that a child had tested positive for drugs due to this defendant’s actions.¬†Hopefully, with this intervention,¬†we can prevent any other children being exposed to drugs by him and give the the opportunity to turn his life around,” Cox said.

Rawson was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 11 by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Major Willis and taken to jail to begin serving his sentence, according to arrest reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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