NJ man convicted of sexually assaulting AC hotel housekeeper

ATLANTIC CITY — A Camden man has been convicted of the sexual assault of a 61-year-old Claridge Hotel housekeeper.

After a six-day trial, Kye Hardison, 35, was found guilty on Monday of three counts, including first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and burglary .

Atlantic County prosecutors said in a statement they would pursue a sentence of up to life in prison for Hardison given his “criminal history and the particularly egregious nature of this sexual assault.” The normal sentence would be ten to 20 years in state prison, according to prosecutors.

According to Atlantic City police, the sexual assault took place on July 7, 2020 in a room at the Claridge Hotel on South Indiana Avenue.

An investigation revealed that Hardison entered a room on the twelfth floor without permission. The victim, a 61-year-old housekeeper, opened the door and saw Hardison inside.

Shortly after, Hardison forced the woman into the room and sexually assaulted her, police say. He fled the hotel around 3:15 p.m. but was followed by another Claridge hotel employee who directed police to Hardison’s location.

In addition to a potential prison sentence, prosecutors expect Hardison’s sentence to include that he be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and be under life on parole if ever released.

Hardison’s sentencing comes less than two weeks after a New York man was convicted of the violent rape of a housekeeper at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in 2018. Jamel Carlton, 38, was sentenced to 42 years of state prison.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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