State Rep. David Hawk, convicted in September on a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment stemming from a an alleged assault on his now ex-wife, was sentenced today under a judicial diversion arrangement in Greene County Criminal Court.
Hawk, R-Greeneville, will basically be on probation for two years. If he complies with the terms, the conviction will be expunged from his record.
The Greeneville Sun reports he will have to do 150 hours of community service, pay $1,500 restitution to Chrystal Goan, the victim; and take part in an anger management program.
Senior Judge Paul G. Summers asked Hawk defense lawyers and prosecutor Joseph Baugh to confer and add a community service component for Hawk before accepting the agreement to satisfy the misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge which the six-term state representative was convicted of by a jury last month.
Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville, must also complete a probation-approved anger management course and make a one-time restitution payment of $1,500.
If Hawk successfully completes the two-year judicial diversion term, the misdemeanor reckless endangerment conviction will be expunged from his record.
Hawk, 45, said after the hearing that he is relieved the ordeal is over.
And, from WGRV radio:
Hawk was presented several options to perform his community service, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County, the Opportunity House and the Greene County Humane Society. A fourth option, the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department, was replaced by a child literacy program at the request of Hawk’s attorneys.
Hawk told reporters following the court session that he has received 100 percent support from the state legislature and that he intends to seek reelection for a seventh term next year. He also thanked the community for the overwhelming support he has received throughout the process.