Local business owner Chris Hardy took pleas last week on two misdemeanor charges in the video voyeurism case brought against him last fall.
According to the original release from the Blytheville Police Department, the incident apparently occurred on Sept. 29, 2011. Two teenage girls, who utilized a tanning bed in an apartment above a shed in Hardy's back yard, reported they discovered a video camera recording them while they were tanning.
Hardy was originally facing two charges of video voyeurism, as well as a charge for tampering with evidence. His case was transferred from the local prosecutor's office to a special prosecutor, Curt Huckaby of Lake City. On Nov. 19, Hardy appeared in Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to video voyeurism, considered a Class A misdemeanor, and guilty to tampering with physical evidence -- a Class B misdemeanor. Each charge carries a three month suspended imposition of sentence.