July 28, 2008
Zachary R. Harding - Family Takes Teen Into Their Home To Help Him. Teen Repays Them By Molesting Their 5-Year-Old Son
Zachary Harding's MySpace Page
Virginia City, Nevada (The Weekly Vice) -- Zachary R. Harding, an 18 year old Storey County man who was arrested on charges of molesting a 5 year old boy earlier this month, is now facing additional charges of child pornography.
According to the Storey County Sheriff's department, an investigation was launched July 10th after deputies received a complaint that Harding had molested a 5-year-old boy. Investigators say Harding was staying with the victim's family and allegedly molested the boy when he was supposed to be babysitting him.
Storey County Sheriff's Dept. Sgt. Ken Quirk said the victim told his parents that Harding had been fondling him in some way. Upon hearing the allegations, the family told Harding to leave the house and then called police.
Investigators were able to track Harding down at a home in Washoe Valley. During the interview, investigators say Harding admitted that he "may have" child pornography on his computer.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Hardings computer that Friday and learned a short time later that Harding had downloaded thousands of child pornography images. Detectives say the age range of the children in the images ranged from six months old to 13 years old.
Zachary Harding is being held at the Storey County Jail on $100,000 bond. He is facing charges of felony lewdness with a child younger than 14, indecent or obscene exposure, and two counts of possessing child pornography.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
In Harding's MySpace page, he is pretty adamant about declaring that he "loves himself". Perhaps he should have just stuck to loving himself, and left this little boy alone.
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