Man in sex abuse case admits he ‘crossed that adult-child line’

Kenneth Hackett stands to the left of his attorney, Edward Perry, at his sentencing in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

A man who admitted sexually touching a 9-year-old girl he met through his job working with vulnerable children and adults told police it was “a one-time incident.”

Investigators say it wasn’t, and prosecutors on Tuesday accused Kenneth Hackett of “grooming” the girl and her mother, so he could get exclusive time with the girl.

Hackett did that, the girl’s mother said at his sentencing in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, despite knowing “my daughter was raped before.”

Hackett, the girl's mother said, was told about the previous sexual assault.

The girl is now “terrified of going to daycare,” her mother said. “She doesn’t want to go outside… She doesn’t want to do anything.”

“Who is the victim going to trust,” Assistant Prosecutor Allison Oswall said, “when the person she trusted ended up being her abuser?”

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