Former Official Pleads Guilty

A former deputy judge executive will be going to prison after pleading guilty in a child porn case.

Walter Hardin, who served in Magoffin County, was arrested in October of 2008 at a location in Lexington. Investigators say he thought he was there to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex, but it turned out he was chatting with an undercover officer.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Hardin pleaded guilty to one count of enticement and one count of receipt of child pornography at a hearing in federal court on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Hardin admitted to having sexually explicit chats with the officer he thought was a teenager and also admitted to downloading child pornography.

Hardin will be sentenced on June 22nd. He faces up to ten years in prison.


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