Camden Man Convicted in Sexual Assault of Claridge Employee

MAYS LANDING, NJ – A 35-year-old Camden man was convicted by an Atlantic County jury today for the July 2020 aggravated sexual assault of a Claridge Hotel housekeeper. The guilty verdict followed a six-day trial culminating in the conviction by an Atlantic County jury of Kye Hardison, of Camden, New Jersey. The jury convicted Hardison of:

Count 1 – Sexual Assault – 2nd degree
Count 2 – Burglary -2nd degree
Count 3 – Aggravated Sexual Assault – 1st degree

On the first-degree conviction, Hardison faces an ordinary term of 10-20 years in State prison. However, given the defendant’s criminal history and the particularly egregious nature of this sexual assault, the State will seek an extended prison term of up to life. Additionally, Hardison would be subject to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life upon any release. Sentencing is pending Defendant’s Avenel evaluation.

The case was investigated by the Atlantic City Police Department with the assistance of Claridge’s security team and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor David Ruffenach tried the case for the State with the assistance of Detective Ryan Ripley.


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