Eyewitness News has confirmed Hardy was taken into custody overnight at the Mayflower Hotel. Police said the complaint came from a woman in her 20s who claimed to be a relative of Hardy’s.
Hardy is set to be arraigned Friday unless he posts bail.
TMZ.com has more details on the alleged incident.
TMZ has learned 51-year-old Mark Hardy is in police custody after his daughter told cops that Mark “put his hand down [her] shorts and touched her genital area without her permission.”
A former L.A. Kings hockey player-turned-assistant coach was arrested this morning in Washington D.C. for allegedly sexually abusing a 21-year-old woman — his own daughter.
Hardy is a former Kings defenseman (1979-88 and 1992-94) who first served as assistant coach to L.A. team from 1999-2006. He was rehired in 2008 serving in a similar capacity with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Kings’ Assistant Coach Mark Hardy reportedly arrested on sexual abuse allegation [Updated]
May 21, 2010 | 10:30 am
The Kings have declined comment on reports from multiple sources that Assistant Coach Mark Hardy was arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C., and charged with sexual abuse based on a complaint from a woman in her 20s.
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports:
Hardy has a daughter, Jessica, who attends Georgetown University. He reportedly was taken into custody at the Mayflower Hotel.
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Eric Frost confirmed to the Times that Hardy is in a local “lockup”:
Somebody by that name (Mark Hardy) but we don’t know who he is. To us he’s another sexual abuse misdemeanor defendant in the lockup. If he’s a celebrity, it doesn’t matter to us.”
The Kings released the following statement to the media:
We are aware of the charge. Due to the legal nature of this matter we will not have any additional comments at this time.