At this week's Supreme Court hearings, U.S. Senator Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson about her statements in U.S. v. Hawkins where she sentenced a child porn offender to just three months instead of the recommended eight to 10 years. After his release, he continued seeking out "sexually arousing" images of young children.

The Washington Post reports

A person familiar with the Hawkins case read to The Post the probation office request that led to Jackson’s order. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to publicly discuss it.

The probation office petition did not allege that Hawkins committed any new sexual offense or violation of conditions. However, it stated that “despite being in treatment for more than five years,” Hawkins “continues to seek out sexually arousing, non-pornographic material and images of males 13 to 16-years-old.”

The petition asked Jackson to order closer supervision to reduce the risk of recidivism and help Hawkins regain independent function.

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