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Kevin Dawayne Hardin
Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office

Sexual Exploitation Charges Lodged Against Morganton Man

21-year-old Kevin Dawayne Hardin of U.S. 181 in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (April 17) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and a single felony count of statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger.

On April 8, 2024, the Burke County Sheriff”s Office received a report alleging that a sexual assault had occurred. Detectives conducted an investigation which ultimately resulted in the arrest of Kevin Dawayne Hardin. Hardin was taken into custody at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Following the arrest, Hardin was placed in the Burke County Jail without bond. He made a first appearance in court Thursday (April 18). The next District Court date for Hardin is scheduled for May 9 in Morganton.