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Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was arrested in Washington, D.C. early Friday, accused of sexually abusing a female relative- disclosed in some reports to be his daughter.
Hardy's sexual assault charge has been upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony. He was taken into custody at around 2AM at the Mayflower Hotel. Police said the complaint came from a woman in her 20's who claimed to be a relative of Hardy's.
The woman said she and Hardy and several other people went to a bar just off of 19th Street to have some drinks. Around 1AM, they walked back to hotel, and the complainant said she went into the bathroom to change into a T-shirt and shorts to go to bed. At some point, she said Hardy got in bed with her, and she woke up with him beside her.
The police report states Hardy put his hand down her shorts.
The woman, in turn when filing the complaint, told police that she and Hardy were very intoxicated.
The Kings' response is quite understandable and legalistic at this point: "We are aware of the charge. Due to the legal nature of this matter, we will not have any additional comments at this time."
The HQ hopes that, however, no one uses the "Ohmigod, I'm so drunk" defense...
Hardy made an initial court appearance Friday afternoon in DC Superior Court, and was released from jail.
Carlos Granda has the story from Los Angeles, and the details from Washington, DC...
Here's an update from our friends at KCBS-TV, Kara Finnstrom is in the newsroom...