Hearing Scheduled on Child Sex Abuse Case

A case of child sexual abuse continues in 8th District Court. According to court documents, 28-year-old Jerahmia Hardman was arrested on February 7th, 2015 by Roosevelt City Police on Assault and three counts of Forcible Sex Abuse of a Child. Court proceedings began in April and the following September, Hardman pleaded Not Guilty to what was then one charge of 1st Degree Felony Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. The Probable Cause Statement from the arresting officer details the report from a mother that caught Hardman sexually abusing her 6-year-old daughter. Upon being caught, Hardman hit the mother, bruising her leg. The statement also details that Hardman spoke to authorities and “confessed to touching the female victim….on at least 12 occasions during the [previous] two years.” He also confessed to hitting the girl’s mother, causing injury. On March 4th, 2016, a Suppression Hearing was held and in July Hardman filed a Motion to Suppress Statements. A pretrial conference was held last week and the ruling on the Motion to Suppress was pushed back to a Pretrial/Status Hearing scheduled for November 9th in Vernal’s 8th District Court.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.