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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Bloom man charged with raping minor

  • A Bloom man accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl last summer was charged Wednesday with raping a minor.


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  • A Bloom man accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl last summer was charged Wednesday with raping a minor.
    The bond for Eric S. Harding was set at $150,000 during his first court appearance. Defense attorney Louis Podrebarac was appointed to represent him, and his docket preliminary hearing was set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.
    Harding, 19, is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl sometime in July in the Bloom area, according to a news release from the Ford County Sheriff's Office. He was 18 years old at the time of the alleged incident, which is still under investigation.
    The news release did not identify the alleged victim or provide additional details of the incident.
    Sheriff's deputies arrested Harding without incident Tuesday in the 900 block of Walker Place and booked him into the Ford County Jail, according to the news release.
    If Harding is convicted, he could be ordered to serve between 25 years and life in prison, depending on his criminal history.
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