Former Montgomery daycare manager to register as sex offender

Deggi Hardwick (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)
Deggi Hardwick (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A former Montgomery daycare manager will be required to register as a sex offender after receiving his sentence Wednesday, according to the Attorney General's office.

Deggi Hardwick, 34, was originally sentenced to 10 years and five years of supervised probation, but that sentence has been suspended Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said. According to Marshall's office, Hardwick was sentenced for the electronic solicitation of a child.

According to the Attorney General's office, Hardwick knew the victim, who was 15 at the time of the crime, and had known her since she was 2 years old. In August 2016 Hardwick began sending sexually graphic texts to the victim, including requests of nude pictures from the victim, offers to perform oral sex with each other and sexual intercourse.

Instead of serving his sentence, Hardwick is subject to the requirements of Alabama's Sex Offender Notification and Community Registration Act. Marshall's office also says Hardwick will be barred from his family's daycare center, JAAD's Child Care, as well as any other daycare facility.

Marshall said he was disappointed in court ruling.

"We are deeply disappointed that the court did not order this defendant to serve time in prison, but this prosecution still has achieved significant safeguards to keep him from harming another child," said Attorney General Marshall. "Under this sentence, his behavior will be supervised, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, he will have tight restrictions from places such as daycares and schools, and communities will be notified of the threat he poses. Deggi Hardwick held a position of authority and trust for this victim since she was a baby, and his violation of that is a contemptible crime that he will not be able to hide from. As Attorney General for Alabama, I will do everything within my power to protect our children from vile predators, and I am proud of the outstanding work by my Criminal Trials Division."

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