Hardin sentenced to 20-50 years in penitentiary

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – A judge has sentenced Chase Hardin to 20-50 years in a penitentiary followed by 30 years of supervision.

On August 17, Hardin was found guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual assault. Hardin stood accused of four counts of second-degree sexual assault from incidents alleged to have happened in the fall of 2018.

Hardin, who was an upper-classman at Marshall University, was accused by two separate victims, both freshman at Marshall at the time. One he met in church, the other in a bar.

He was found guilty of the counts relating to one victim, and not guilty on the counts relating to a second victim.

“People have a dark side, some people have a dark side. It’s not their church side. They may go to church every time the door’s open, but they’ve also go this other side.” 

Judge Alfred E. Ferguson, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Cabell County

Judge Ferguson, the man who today decided Chase Hardin’s fate, ended up sentencing Hardin because of that ‘other side.’

In late August, the emotional trial involving Chase Hardin and his sexual assault victim came to a close after a five day run with a guilty verdict. Today, the attorneys for both sides argued over the length of the sentence.

Hardin told the judge the conviction was wrong.

“My God will judge me one day, and He will judge us all. And I will not stand afraid at my final judgement.  I know I did not do these crimes.” 

Chase Hardin, sentenced to 20-50 years

But Ripley Haney, a survivor of Hardin’s assault, had her own words for the judge.

“Do not let this defendant get away with a short sentence, or home confinement. Help change the stigma of men getting away with rape. Let this show everyone that justice can and will be served. I have to deal with what happened to me for the rest of my life, so he deserves to pay the consequences of what he did.” 

Ripley Haney, survivor

In the end, the judge sided with Haney’s plea.

“That means he has to serve 20 to 50 years.” 

Judge Alfred E. Ferguson, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Cabell County

After the hearing, Haney said she hopes this sentencing sends a message of empowerment.

“I hope that this, seeing that you really can get a sentence, really will let women come forward.”

Ripley Haney, survivor

Now that Hardin is sentenced, his defense attorneys have 30 days to appeal. He is now, however, a registered sex offender.

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