- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a charge related to accusations that he inappropriately touched a woman.

Nelson Hardwick, who once represented Horry County in the state House, entered the guilty plea Nov. 18 to a charge of third-degree assault and battery, according to online court records.

The State newspaper in Columbia (https://bit.ly/2gNo1YN ) reports that the 65-year-old who lives in Surfside Beach was sentenced to a fine of $300 in addition to more than $400 in other court-related fees.

An indictment had accused Hardwick of using his position to lure a young House employee to his office and inappropriately touch her. He resigned his seat in 2015.

An attorney for Hardwick didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on Saturday.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide