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Hockey coach charged in hotel sex assault

A former Los Angeles Kings hockey player and current assistant coach was charged Friday with sexually assaulting his adult daughter at the Mayflower Hotel.

Mark Hardy, 51, was charged with fourth-degree sexual abuse in connection with fondling his daughter in the hotel room after the two walked from a bar on 19th Street around 1 a. m. The daughter reportedly attends college in D.C.

The victim told police that she and her father were “very intoxicated,” and after she had changed her clothes, got into bed and fell asleep, she was awakened by her father laying next to her and touching her inappropriately, according to documents filed late Friday in D.C. Superior Court.

After first denying that anything happened, Hardy apologized to his daughter, the court papers said. She then ran from the room to the front desk for help.

At his initial hearing Friday, prosecutors said Hardy declined to be interviewed by pre-trial services. Magistrate Judge Karen Howze ordered Hardy released, but ordered him to turn in his passport, undergo alcohol evaluation and to have no contact, verbal, physical or electronic with his daughter.

Hardy was represented by the District’s Public Defender Service and declined to comment after the hearing. Hardy’s next hearing is scheduled for June 4.

Hardy played for the Kings from 1979-1988 and again from 1992-1994. He also served as assistant coach for the team. Hardy also played for the New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, and was an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  |  May 21, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities , From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Kings fans are all pretty stunned by this. We'll be following the story closely. Hardy is beloved by the Kings fan base.

Bobby Scribe
www.lakingsnews.com

Posted by: lakingsnews | May 22, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

This is so taboo the man will be vilified and crucified. But not because he broke the law. Rather, because it was his daughter.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | May 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

With the serious nature of this alleged crime, why was he simply released on PR?

Also, how can an assistant NHL coach qualify to be defended by the public defender?

Too many loose ends here.

Posted by: tradervic1313 | May 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

So, this guy cannot pay for an attorney??? This is stupid...he can stay in the Mayflower and played and coached professionally. RIDICULOUS!!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | May 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

With the serious nature of this alleged crime, why was he simply released on PR?

Also, how can an assistant NHL coach qualify to be defended by the public defender?

Too many loose ends here.

Posted by: tradervic1313 |


Bail is determined by two things. The likelehood that the defendant will show up for trial and danger to the community. Obviously there is no danger to the community and the judge must have been convinced that he will show up when asked to.

The public defender is not going to be his attorney. He merely represented him at his bond hearing.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 22, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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