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March 26, 2013

Sexual assault claims put two in jail

New Albany teen accuses men in unrelated abuse



According to her statements, the child and Knight then went to the bathroom, where he told her to remove her pants and the two began to have sex, until she told him to stop and he complied.

Investigators interviewed Hardison and Knight on Feb. 27, according to court records. Hardison denied the allegations, and Knight told officers that he and the child did have intercourse during a game of truth or dare.

“Knight agreed they had a little bit of sex, but it was not long and drawn out,” according to the affidavit. He told police that he believed the incident to have occurred about July 2012.

Hardison was administered a polygraph March 5 by Indiana State Police.

“[The trooper] advised that Hardison was deceptive and had failed the test,” according to the affidavit.

Nearly a week later, on March 13, a NAPD investigator again interviewed the child. The girl said that the most recent sexual incident involving Hardison occurred Feb. 15 and involved him asking her to touch him in his private area.

“[The girl] stated she initially said no, but Hardison continued to ask her and plead with her, so she just wanted Hardison to shut up, so she did it,” according to the affidavit.

She continued to tell the investigator that a similar incident also occurred Feb. 4 in Hardison’s bedroom.


Initial Hearings

Hardison and Knight each appeared separately before Superior Court No. 1 Judge Susan Orth on Tuesday afternoon. Both men wore street clothes and were escorted into the courtroom with their waists wrapped in metal chains connected to handcuffs around their wrists.

Both men entered not guilty pleas.

Hardison is being held under a $150,000 court-cash bond, and Knight is facing a $100,000 court-cash bond.

Knight is scheduled to return to court May 2 for a pretrial conference. Hardison was slated to appear for an April 25 hearing. 

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