April 19, 2011

Brenda Harding - Jailed After 15-Year-Old Boy She Had A Sexual Relationship With Commits Suicide

Canon City, Colorado (The Weekly Vice) - Brenda Lynette Harding, a 30-year-old Canon City resident was jailed after a teenage boy she allegedly had a year-long sexual relationship with committed suicide.

According to Canon City police, Tristan Hagan, a 15-year-old Buena Vista resident, was reported missing by his father on April 2nd. Family members found his body on April 4th,
approximately one block west of Harding’s residence.

Officials stated that Harding's house could clearly be seen from the location the teen was found, and it also appeared that he had passed away while looking at her house. An autopsy revealed that the teen died of an overdose of Oxycodone and Skelaxin — a muscle relaxant. The death was ruled a suicide, and no foul play is suspected.

Investigators say Harding is a friend of Hagan's stepmother, and he had stayed in her home the summer that the relationship began. Detectives searched Harding's residence and found Hagen’s music player and a condom box that matched a wrapper found on the body.

Harding was apprehended and brought in for questioning, during which she admitted to having a sexual relationship with Hagen, beginning June 5, 2010. She said they had last been together on April 1, the night of her birthday. He was not seen alive since.

Harding was booked into the Fremont County Jail on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child, pattern of abuse. She is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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