Abraham Hardy, 39, was found guilty on all counts by a Douglas jury last week, county District Attorney Dalia Racine said in a news release. Hardy was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and statutory rape.
Racine praised the victim’s bravery in the case, which first came to light in 2019. According to the district attorney, Hardy used an existing relationship with the girl to “groom” and sexually abuse her for several years, beginning in 2015.
The girl endured a forensic interview with investigators, Racine said, during which she described engaging in “degrading and humiliating” sexual acts. She described several objects that were used during these acts, some of which were later recovered by authorities at Hardy’s home in South Carolina.
“Hardy had meticulously planned and prepared the victim for this abuse, and he used his relationship with her to manipulate her into thinking that they had a special relationship,” Racine said.
It was not until the girl moved away and received counseling that she understood she had been abused and reported Hardy’s crimes, according to Racine.
“The depravity of the defendant’s actions can’t be fully described here,” Racine said. “But in the face of that depravity, the victim stood up and ultimately showed incredible strength and resilience. The jury’s verdict ensures that the defendant is held accountable and that he will be placed where he can no longer harm anyone.”
Prosecutors said they will ask a judge for life in prison at a sentencing hearing, which has not been scheduled.