$2 million bail each for Orangecrest parents accused of ongoing, years-long sexual abuse of son and daughter
RIVERSIDE, Calif., — Shocking allegations involving the ongoing and years-long abuse of a brother and sister at the hands of the children’s father and stepmother have emerged after the arrest of a Riverside couple as part of a criminal investigation that began late last year.
Officials say the parents, both of whom remain in custody in lieu of $2 million bail or bond each, have been involved in community and school activities in and around the Orangecrest neighborhood where they lived and have asked that anyone with further information contact them.
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Detectives assigned to the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault – Child Abuse (SACA) Unit began an investigation last November into the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of a teenage girl by her father, 34-year-old Joshua Hawkins.
Based on their initial investigation, on Nov. 23, detectives arrested Joshua at the family’s Orangecrest area home on Greenscape Way. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 with force, continuous sexual abuse of a child, child cruelty, and acting in concert, aiding or abetting in sexual assault with a victim under 14.
As their investigation continued, detectives learned of additional allegations of sexual abuse taking place against the victim’s male sibling at the hands of their stepmother, 30-year-old Sabrina Lynn Hawkins.
Based on their continuing investigation, on Feb. 3, detectives arrested Sabrina on Gramercy Place in Riverside. She was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of twenty-seven felonies and one misdemeanor. Her booking charges included multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a minor, child cruelty, continuous sexual abuse of a child, acting in concert, aiding or abetting in sexual assault with a victim under 14, and brandishing a weapon.
Riverside PD has since said that detectives believe the abuse of both victims took place over the course of several years.
Both victims are now “safe and in the care” of other family members.
Joshua has already been arraigned on his charges and his next court appearance has been scheduled for Mar. 4th at the Riverside Hall of Justice, while Sabrina’s arraignment at the same courthouse has been scheduled for Feb. 18.
Anyone who may have additional information relevant to these arrests and Riverside PD’s ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Stacie Ontko at (951) 353-7121 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 210032019 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.