LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pioneer Village Police officers say the two men charged with picking up underage girls in Bullitt County also drugged them.
Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Hardy and 19-year-old Robert Beard were being held at the Bullitt County Detention Center. Hardy is charged with kidnapping, custodial interference, and unlawful transaction with a minor. Beard is charged with rape, sodomy, and unlawful transaction with a minor.
Police Chief Dave Greenwell says the pair are friends. During their investigation, officers say they learned the two met the young girls at local hangout spots for teens. Both men are accused of taking advantage of two girls between the ages of 12 and 13.
"They befriend them, get these young girls to think they're in love with them and they eventually get them to go places with them," Greenwell said.
Police said the guys picked up the girls at a local movie theater or at local skating rinks first.
"Apparently, there's a lot of parents that are dropping their children off at movie theatres and taking their word that they are going to be there and they're not," Greenwell said.
Greenwell says Hardy and Beard eventually convinced the girls to go other places with them, where the men allegedly initiated sexual contact.
"Anytime a 20-year-old male takes a 12-year-old child, put drugs into their body and has sex with them, they're certainly to blame," Greenwell said.
Greenwell says Beard had sex with one of the girls after they were drugged.
"And when they get them to go to places with them, that's when the Oxycodone come into play, and the alcohol," Greenwell said.
As investigation continues, Greenwell wants to warn parents to pay attention. "They really need to hold their kids accountable to make sure they're really where they're supposed to be," Greenwell said.
Because of the media attention this story has gotten, Greenwell says more victims have come forward, including three other young girls. Greenwell believes there may be a third suspect involved in this case, and police are continuing to investigate.
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