Four indicted for sex-related crimes

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By The Staff

    PIONEER VILLAGE - An investigation that first centered on one individual has resulted in two men being indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury.

    Pioneer Village police first began an investigation on Nathaniel Hamilton Hardy for his alleged interaction with a minor girl.

    That led to charges being filed against another man.

    Hardy, 20, was recently indicted for rape in the first degree, a Class Be felony punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    That charge stems from an alleged encounter in July 2009 with a minor girl.

    He is also facing five counts for criminal facilitation to unlawful transactions with a minor.

    Those alleged events occurred in February 2010 when he knew that Robert D. Beard was also have unlawful transactions with a minor.

    Those are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    David Greenwell and John Cottrell of the Pioneer Village Police Department investigated the cases.

    In other sex-related indictments:

    *Jack Allen Eagle, 60, was indicted on three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and two counts of sexual abuse.

    The indictment alleges that between May 2002 and 2009 that Eagle engaged in a minor to have illegal sexual activity.

    These are Class B felonies punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    Since the original victim came forward, two others talked with Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

    The sexual abuse charges related to encountered that allegedly  happened in 1972-1978 with girls who were less than 16 years of age.

    These are Class D felonies.

    *Randall G. Franks Jr. was indicted on three counts count of incest.

    The indictment alleges that in 2008 and 2009 he had sexual intercourse with a relative.

    The most serious is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

    McGaha investigated the case.

    An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal case.