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Hardin enters guilty plea

PRINCETON —Timothy M. Hardin, 27, formerly of Mineral, has entered a guilty plea to the Class 3 felony of a sex offender registration violation.

Hardin entered his guilty on Nov. 21 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich in Bureau County Court. The judge ordered the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for 2 p.m. Jan. 15, 2013.

Hardin was represented in court by Public Defender Michael Henneberry. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Herrmann.

As a result of a 2007 misdemeanor conviction for criminal sexual abuse in Bureau County, Hardin was required to register as a sex offender. He registered with the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department as required and listed a Mineral address. Hardin had registered at that residence again in May 2012. A compliance check by the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department revealed Hardin had vacated the Mineral residence and had not resided there since February 2012. Hardin was arrested on June 15, following an indictment that same day.

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