A Branchburg man has been indicted by a Hunterdon County grand jury on charges of sexually assaulting children in two townships a decade apart.
On Aug. 11, 2014 David C. Hardy, 33, “was arrested for engaging in sexual acts with a child less than 16 years old but older than 13 years, and endangering the welfare of a child,” Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said. The alleged incident that lead to the arrest occurred in Lebanon Township in 2000.
In the indictment handed up on Feb. 26, Hardy is charged with sexual assault, second degree; aggravated sexual assault, first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third degree.
According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 1, 2000 in Lebanon Township, Hardy committed an act of sexual penetration on a child between age 13 and 16 who was at least four years younger than himself.
More than a decade later, between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2011 in Readington Township, Hardy allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a child younger than 13 years old, according to the indictment.
Bail for Hardy was set at $50,000 by Judge Stephen Rubin, and Hardy was taken to the Hunterdon County Jail. Hardy is not currently at the jail.
Kearns and Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski said Hardy’s arrest resulted from an investigation conducted by detectives from the Special Victims Unit at the Prosecutor’s Office.