STATESVILLE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced today Timothy Scott Hardin, 44, of Boone, N.C. to 180 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving child pornography, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Bell also ordered Alexander to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.
According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on October 6, 2016, the Boone Police Department became aware that an individual, later identified as Hardin, was receiving child pornography over the internet. Hardin’s child pornography collection included multiple images and videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images and videos depicting the rape of prepubescent girls. According to court records, when law enforcement attempted to arrest Hardin at his residence, Hardin pulled a handgun from the waistband of his pants. After a brief struggle with law enforcement over the firearm, Hardin was incapacitated. Court records show that Hardin later told law enforcement that his plan had been to point his gun at the arresting officer and to force law enforcement to kill him.
In January 2019, Hardin pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray thanked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Boone Police Department for their investigation of this case.
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