Conway man sentenced to seven years in prison in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

troot@thesunnews.comJune 21, 2013 

Danny Dewayne Hardee

— A 27-year-old Conway man admitted he had a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl, who had run away from home and was found with him, and a judge sentenced him to seven years in prison and three years probation, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Danny Dewayne Hardee, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to seven years in prison and three years probation, according to authorities. Hardee must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole and he must register as a sex offender.

The girl’s mother, Robbie Jean Blankenship, 45, of Loris, faces charges of promoting or participation of prostitution of a minor and unlawful neglect of a child, according to the Horry County public index. Those charges are pending.

Chad Michael Jacobs, 27, and Clarence Davis Jr., 73, both of Conway, were each charged with accessory after the fact because they were accused of knowing about Hardee and the girl’s whereabouts and not providing that information to law enforcement, police said. Their charges also are pending.

The group was charged in June 2011, days after the girl’s parents reported her missing.

Although the girl’s parents agreed to release her name when she was reported missing, she is not named in this story because The Sun News does not identify juveniles or victims of sexual assault crimes.

Horry County police were called on June 26, 2011, after family members reported that the 12-year-old ran away from her home. Police said she was last seen riding her bicycle about 4 p.m. that day at the intersection of Loop Road and Highway 366 in Horry County. Police learned the girl was upset over a recent move and threatened to run away the day before.

During the course of the investigation, police learned that the child had run away from home to meet with Hardee and was with him during the three days away from her home.

Investigators learned of the ongoing relationship between Hardee and the girl and found her in the area of S.C. 22 and Robert Edge Parkway. It was during their investigation that police also learned that the girl’s mother was aware of a relationship she had with Hardee and received money from it, police said.

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