Bartholomew County man jailed on child molesting charges

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (IUSTV News) — An eight-month investigation ended in the arrest of a Bartholomew County man for child molesting charges, according to Indiana State Police.

In a release, ISP said that detectives arrested 20-year-old Jayden Hardwick on April 19. The investigation began in August 2023 when allegations were reported to the Indiana State Police.

Jayden Hardwick (Bartholomew County Jail)

According to ISP, Hardwick allegedly had inappropriate contact with two juveniles in Bartholomew County prior to August of last year.

Hardwick is charges with two counts of child molesting, a level 3 felony, and sexual misconduct with a minor, a level 5 felony.

If convicted, he could face between six to 20 years for each of the child molesting charges, and between one to six years for the level 5 felony, according to Indiana Sentencing Guidelines.