00007612001On 21 Nov 17 Detectives Smeeks and Parks arrested Brian Patrick Hardie, age 32, 115 North Hart Street, Apt. 7, Marietta, Ohio, at his residence.  Hardie is charged with a 1st degree felony rape, 3rd degree felonies gross sexual imposition and tampering with evidence.  Hardie was transported to the Washington County Jail for processing where he remains without bond pending a court appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.

18 Nov 17 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau began an investigation into the possible sexual assault of a 13-year-old female.  On 20 Nov 17 the child was interviewed and reports that around August 18, 2017 a family friend, revealed to be Brian Hardie, was at her residence located in Washington County, Ohio.  The female states while Hardie was there he lifted her shirt and kissed, licked, and sucked on her.  She further states that Hardie showed her his penis and asked her to touch it, and when she refused, used his hand to pull her head down making contact with his penis. The victim states she used Hardie’s IPhone to take a picture of her breast at his request.  The victim states that the sexual abuse took place several more times between the August date and the date it was reported.

On 21 Nov 17 Detectives Smeeks and  Parks went to Brian Hardie’s residence, 115 North Hart Street, Apt. 7, Marietta, Ohio.  Detectives introduced themselves to Hardie as Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and asked if they could speak with him.  Hardie allowed Detectives to enter his residence and asked to retrieve his glasses from another room.  A short time later Hardie returned from getting his glasses and spoke with Detectives.

During the interview Hardie admitted that he knew the victim was 12 or 13 years of age.  Hardie also admitted that she performed oral sex on him “about three months ago.”  Hardie then stated that during the same time he kissed on the girl’s breast.  Detectives asked about the picture on his phone at which time he admitted he did have a picture of her breast on his phone, but when he went upstairs to get his glasses he deleted the picture from his phone.