Dentist sentenced on meth charges

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

POTTSBORO, Tex. -- A Pottsboro dentist has pled guilty to meth charges. A Grayson County judge sentenced Dr. Robert Hawkins to eight years probation and a $1,200 fine after he pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine.

In April, sheriff's deputies arrested Hawkins at his home near Lake Texoma and found $1,000 worth of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Authorities say Dr. Hawkins’s profession was a factor in the judge's decision.

"He was in a position of trust, he assumedly puts people under sedation, he works in their mouth while he's under the influence, and that was one of the reasons he got as long a term as he did and that he didn't get any deferred adjudication," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.

The court plans on forwarding the case results to the state dental board’s office and officials there will decide whether to revoke his license.

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  • by Former patient Location: Pottsboro on Oct 5, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    My family was in the process of having our dental work completed by Dr. Hawkins when he was suddenly arrested and his office closed with no message left on the answering machine. Our dental insurance company was billed for work that was not completed and we have no coverage until next year. I don't understand addiction but I hope he gets the help he needs and I also hope the temporary caps on our teeth last until next year.I also hope my family was there on a day he was not high.
  • by Chris on Oct 3, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    You guys are right - he needs to be put in prison for ten years rather than receive treatment. Especially since he didn't distribute or manufacture. Throw away the key. Whatever.
  • by J.C. Location: Durant on Oct 3, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    Meth is ruining our country!!!!!!
  • by Sick Of Meth on Oct 3, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    Chris, you haven’t a clue about what you speak. A meth user’s high last from about 14-18 plus hours. The user normally keeps re-dosing, back to back, which deprives them of sleep for several days. The result: paranoia, difficulty concentrating, agitation, and hallucinations. And, his mere possession rather than distribution or manufacturing: $1,000 worth equals about 4-grams. Quite a stash for mere personal use! This would certainly keep our “possession only” user high for several days. During this period one can assume, with some degree of certainty, assume that the doctor not only saw patients, but traveled up and down the highways shared by our families. Many rapists, murderers, robbers, and child molesters have no previous criminal record either. This does not excuse wanton and deliberate criminal behavior.
  • by Citizen Location: pottsboro on Oct 3, 2007 at 12:02 PM
    To: Chris from Arlington...I have lived in Pottsboro for three years. Rumors have been flying around town for a long time that this guy was not to be trusted and his physical appearance was that of a meth user. I work for a dr. that personally reached out to Dr. Hawkins to help save him and at no surprise, Hawkins turned him down. I do believe in "thou shall not cast the first stone" and it's nice of you to come to his defense but Dr. Hawkins is not worthy. I do agree with others that his sentence was light and the state of Texas missed an opportunity to put a criminal behind bars who not only deserves it, but could have been of service to the other inmates as their personal dentist during his rehab. I hope Dr. Hawkins takes this "second chance" and makes a lifestyle change to be a productive citizen of Pottsboro and a positive influence for all of the people around him.
  • by J.D. Location: Sherman on Oct 3, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    You just lost my VOTE..Mr DA.
  • by Chris Location: Arlington on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:50 AM
    I never heard any evidence that the dentist worked on anyone while he was under the influence. I am also very confident that the dentist had no prior record. Furthermore, I am 100% certain that the dentist was charged with possession; he wasn't charged with distribution or manufacturing. Face it - the guy needs help. He has an addiction. In light of the three points set forth above, do you really think he deserved jail time??? Are you kidding me? Thankfully in this country we have a sliding scale - recidivists and/or folks proven to have endangered others (ie. distributers/manufacturers) are more appropriate candidates for jailtime - while there are always exceptions, I'm glad this is the reality. The doc has a tough row to hoe ahead of him with his license. In the absence of proof that he hurt anyone other than himself, let's not be too hasty to trash the guy. He's an addict - he needs help.
  • by Against Meth Location: Ardmore on Oct 3, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    To all the people with blinders on and think, "not in my neighborhood"...guess what professionals can be addicts. This man much like other meth addicts needs help. Maybe now that his life is wrecked he will be ready to get the help he needs to get off this drug. Meth is a huge problem in today's society. It knows no boundaries, rich or poor, educated or not. There is no such thing as recreational with meth. It has ruined many lives and this man is just one more.
  • by Butch "Dubya" Hickson Location: The Stix on Oct 2, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    Good thing I done lost all my teeth; rather than havin some doped up dentist jack up my teeth!
  • by Gis Location: Pottsboro on Oct 2, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    We paid for 2 years of suveillance to get him THIS sentence?! I hope the Judge is proud
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