Joseph Hardin

Joseph Hardin

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON – A man currently serving probation for battery surrounding an on-campus sexual assault of a then-fellow Marshall University student was jailed Friday.

Joseph Hardin, 22, was booked at 1 p.m. Friday on a probation hold related to his 2017 plea, according to booking records kept by Western Regional Jail. Further details of his incarceration were not available Sunday due to the courthouse being closed on the weekend.  

Hardin had been indicted in 2016 on a single count of second-degree sexual assault after a female student, who has since left the university, implicated him. The university had issued a campus-wide alert at 6:20 p.m. Feb. 1, 2016, that a student reported she was assaulted that afternoon in a room at an on-campus residence hall.

As part of his January 2017 misdemeanor Kennedy plea to battery, he had been serving three years’ probation with a one-year jail sentence suspended. A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt or explaining his role in a crime.

A lawsuit filed by the victim is currently pending against the university in federal court

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