AG Hawley Announces Sex Abuse Conviction

May 17, 2018, 14:44 PM
May 17, 2018, 14:43 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Johnny Hardwick, 44, of Fremont, MO, pled guilty to sexually abusing two family members over an extended period of time. Hardwick pled guilty to four counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Incest.

The abuse began when the victims were six and seven years old and continued until they were twelve and fourteen years old. After enduring years of abuse, both victims bravely disclosed the Defendant’s sexual abuse to law enforcement.

“There is no place for abuse of this nature in Missouri,” Hawley said. “And those who abuse Missouri’s most vulnerable will be prosecuted. We must do all that we can to prevent acts like this from occurring again.”

The Hon. Michael Pritchett accepted the Defendant’s guilty pleas and sentenced him to 20 years in the Department of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Szczucinski, Investigator Haley Porter, and Victim Advocate Melissa Koetting. The case was handled in Butler County on a change of venue from Carter County.