The Usual Suspects

David Hardin, 54, of Chickamauga was one of five people arrested last week on child sex charges, but now he is facing incest and pandering charges. Hardin was initially arrested Oct. 2 on one count of child molestation, but this week he was charged with two additional counts of child molestation, one count of incest and one count of pandering.

Also arrested on Oct. 2 were Linda Hardin, 43, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 18, two counts of hindering apprehension; John Lovell, 58, of 137 Hedrix Blvd., Apt. 5, Red Bank, one count of hindering apprehension; Preston Dennel, 19, of 600 Lee Ave., No. 5, Chickamauga, one count of statutory rape; Kevin Hicks, 21, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 42, Chickamauga, two counts of statutory rape.

Reports said that Hardin would allow male adults to have sex with a child. Dennel and Hicks admitted they had sex with the child, while Hardin watched. Reports added that another person said that they witnessed Hardin having sex with another child.

The children are in the custody of Walker County Family and Children Services.

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