Former Marshall student on bond after completing battery sentence

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A former Marshall University student facing charges for sexually assaulting two people last year is out on bond after completing a jail sentence on a previous battery charge.

Joseph Hardin, 22, was in jail in connection to a 2017 battery charge, in which a student claimed he raper her. Hardin previously was on probation, but that was revoked in July after he was indicted on sexual assault charges.

Hardin was released Tuesday on a $50,000 bond. He must remain under home confinement and have no contact with the alleged victims.

A bond status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17, and a trial is set for February.